The management and use of antimicrobials in food and farming systems must be improved urgently in order to support a sustainable, safe and resilient food supply.
Research programme N8 Agrifood met with the NFU, AHDB and 55 other external stakeholders including academics and scientists to share ideas around the discovery of new antimicrobials.
The forum asked attendees to generate embryonic research proposals for antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for the areas of pigs, poultry, cattle, policy and systems and data analytics.
Professor Jonathan Rushton, N8 chairman in animal health and food systems economics, said global food production would be under threat unless solutions to AMR were identified.
“A number of high-level reports have indicated the urgency to formulate and conduct interventions to curb antimicrobial usage and AMR, both in human medicine as well as in animal production.
“In the livestock sector the issues are so complex we believe that solutions can only be found through developing partnerships between governments, private industry and academia.”
Work by Prof Rushton and his team will focus on how to measure AMR, comparing antimicrobials to their alternatives and how to communicate information around the issue.