Different methods of incorporating ciprofloxacin in soil affect microbiome and degradation of ciprofloxacin residue

Sci Total Environ. 2018 Apr 1;619-620:1673-1681. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.133. Epub 2017 Oct 19.


Antibiotic residues in swine manure when entered the soil would most likely affect the complex composition and functions of the soil microbiome, which is also responsible for degrading these antibiotics. Three different methods of adding ciprofloxacin (CIP), a common antibiotic used in the swine industry, to the soil were used to investigate the effects of CIP on the soil microbiome and the degradation of CIP. Results of the study showed that the microbiome could promote the degradation of CIP in the soil when CIP was incorporated into the soil together with manure. However, the CIP degradation time was prolonged when adding the manure of swine fed with diet containing CIP in the soil. All treatments did not affect the copy number of the resistance genes, except for aac(6')-Ib-cr, as compared with the initial numbers of each treatment. MiSeq Illumina sequencing and Biolog-ECO microplates results showed that CIP had a significant effect on the abundance, structure, and function of the soil microbiome, but different addition methods resulted in distinct effects. Results of the present study demonstrated that the microbiome and fate of CIP responded differently to the different methods of adding CIP to the soil.

Keywords: Ciprofloxacin degradation; Microbiome; Promotional effect; Resistance genes.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / analysis*
  • Ciprofloxacin / analysis*
  • Manure*
  • Microbiota*
  • Soil / chemistry
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Swine


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Manure
  • Soil
  • Ciprofloxacin