A two-year research project is being undertaken by Diamond V and the National Animal Disease Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service to examine the impact of antibiotics, dietary supplements and stress on the microbial communities and host mucosal tissues of the swine intestinal ecosystem. The goal is to identify alternatives to traditional antibiotics for use in reducing the antibiotic resistance gene reservoir and food borne pathogens in farm animals.

“Both ARS and Diamond V share a common interest in discovering alternatives to traditional antibiotics for farm animal growth and for the production of a safe and secure food supply in the U.S. and around the world,” said John Bloomhall, president and CEO of Diamond V.  “Together, we’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the path from the diet through the intestinal microbiome to healthy animals and safe food.” 

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The research will be directed by Dr. Thad Stanton, research leader at the National Animal Disease Center Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit, and Dr. Jason Frank, director of swine research at Diamond V. The research will be conducted by Dr. Benjamin Bass, a postdoctoral research scientist, as an employee of Diamond V, and Dr. Meggan Bandrick, disease center postdoctoral veterinarian.