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E. coli resistance develops in the soil

Antibiotic-resistant E. coli will survive in the soil to recolonize in a cow’s gut through pasture, forage or bedding

Washington State University researchers have found an unlikely recipe for antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Mix cow dung and soil, and add urine infused with metabolized antibiotic. The urine will kill off normal E. coli in the dung-soil mixture. But antibiotic-resistant E. coli will survive in the soil to recolonize in a cow’s gut through pasture, forage or