Antibiotic resistant bacteria in Minnesota lakes

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The purpose of this study is to examine the occurrence and pattern of antibiotic resistance among bacteria found in lakes on the Saint John's University campus and in Avon, MN from summer 2015 to spring 2016. By analyzing the affect temperature has on the pattern of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the data will provide comprehensive information that is imperative to understand the characteristics and extent of antibiotic resistance. This study will support efforts to regulate antibiotic consumption and misuse by contributing data that shows the existence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in our local aquatic communities and how the fluctuating seasons play a role in this resistance pattern.


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