Detection and Characterization of Streptomycin Resistance (strA-strB) in a Honeybee Gut Symbiont (Snodgrassella alvi) and the Associated Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transfer

Jane Ludvigsen, Gro Amdam, Knut Rudi, Trine M. L’Abée-Lund

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Use of antibiotics in medicine and farming contributes to increasing numbers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in diverse environments. The ability of antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) to transfer between bacteria genera contributes to this spread. It is difficult to directly link antibiotic exposure to the spread of ARG in a natural environment where environmental settings and study populations cannot be fully controlled. We used managed honeybees in environments with contrasting streptomycin exposure (USA: high exposure, Norway: low exposure) and mapped the prevalence and spread of transferrable streptomycin resistance genes. We found a high prevalence of strA-strB genes in the USA compared to Norway with 17/90 and 1/90 positive samples, respectively (p < 0.00007). We identified strA-strB genes on a transferrable transposon Tn5393 in the honeybee gut symbiont Snodgrassella alvi. Such transfer of resistance genes increases the risk of the spread to new environments as honeybees are moved to new pollination sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMicrobial Ecology
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 8 2018



  • Honeybee gut symbiont
  • Snodgrassella alvi
  • strA-strB
  • Streptomycin resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Soil Science

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