Smith Research Team Publishes Study in ‘Environmental Health Perspectives’

Phil Smith, an associate professor of terrestrial ecotoxicology at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), led a research team in a study that revealed dust in the air near cattle feedlots showed evidence of antibiotics, feedlot-derived bacteria, and DNA sequences that encode for antibiotic resistance. The study was published online in the National Institutes of Environmental Science’s peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. The research was funded through a grant from Texas Tech’s College of Arts & Sciences. It is the first study documenting aerial transmission of antibiotic resistance from an open-air farm setting.