Texas A&M Professor Leads Team Awarded $1 Million Food Safety Grant from USDA
Posted February 12, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The USDA recently announced 35 Food
Safety Grants, one of which was awarded to a team led by Dr. H.
Morgan Scott, professor in the Department of Veterinary
Pathobiology at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM), based on their research on antimicrobial
resistance. The grant funding awarded to the team totaled $1
The Food Safety Grants are administered by the USDA’s National
Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and are designed to enable
research that promotes safe and nutritious food as well as
Antimicrobials, including antibiotics, have been used for
decades to successfully treat both humans and animals. However,
strains of bacteria have evolved resistance to antibiotics, leading
to growing concern about aspects of food safety related to animal
agriculture. Through this research, Scott and his team hope to
address these concerns.
Scott will lead a team of researchers and extension faculty:
Mayukh Dass and Guy H. Loneragan of Texas Tech University, Yrjö T.
Gröhn of Cornell University, Ellen R. Jordan and Jason Sawyer of
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Alex W. McIntosh of Texas A&M
University, and Gerald R. Midgley of the University of Hull in the
United Kingdom. The team will focus on designing and implementing
science-based and stakeholder-informed stewardship programs for
beef and dairy cattle systems.
The overall goal of the project is to identify, evaluate, and
implement practical and effective strategies for mitigating and
preventing antimicrobial resistance. To do this, Scott and his team
seek to recruit and engage stakeholders in designing and
implementing voluntary antimicrobial stewardship programs.
Additionally, the researchers will conduct field studies and
develop models to better understand various aspects of this complex
issue, including economics, microbiology, and the social
The research team aims to enhance environmental quality and food
safety by reducing the burden of antibiotic resistance among
enteric bacteria. Scott’s research will lay the foundation by which
decisions can be made by stakeholders to prevent and combat
antimicrobial resistance. This includes qualitative and
quantitative modeling to test tools that support stakeholder’s
decisions, both in the short and long term.
This project differs from previous attempts to mitigate
antimicrobial resistance in animal agriculture because it focuses
on voluntary stewardship programs rather than relying strictly on
legislation or regulation.
“Dr. Scott’s research on antimicrobial resistance is truly
exceptional,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green the Carl B. King dean of
veterinary medicine. “Receiving this grant is a testament to Dr.
Scott’s commitment to excellence in research, and we are proud of
him and the team he is leading.”
Contact Information: Megan Palsa,
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