Combinations of veterinary antibiotics may harm algae

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JournalScience for Environment Policy
DatePublished - 23 Mar 2017
Number of pages2
PublisherEuropean Commission DG Environment News Alert Service
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Combinations of antibiotics used in veterinary medicine could harm the
growth of algal communities when they pass into water bodies from
treated livestock, according to recent European research. Algae play vital roles in
ecosystems by cycling nutrients and producing energy from photosynthesis;
veterinary use of antibiotics should, therefore, be monitored in the environment,
including for any biological impacts on algal species, the study recommends.

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