Antimicrobials in Boar Semen Extenders A Risk/Benefit Analysis
Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
- Corresponding Author:
- Jane M Morrell
Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Box 7054, SE.75007, Uppsala, Sweden
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 27, 2016; Accepted Date: February 15, 2016; Published Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: Morrell JM (2016) Antimicrobials in Boar Semen Extenders – A Risk/Benefit Analysis. J Antimicro 1:107. doi:10.4172/Antimicro.1000107
Copyright: © 2016 Morrell JM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Antimicrobial agents are added to semen extenders to control the growth of microbes contaminating semen during collection. However, such a non-therapeutic use of antibiotics is not without problems, since it may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. This review analyses the risks and benefits of using antibiotics to control bacteria in boar semen extenders, including understanding how semen becomes contaminated and the effects of these contaminants on sperm quality. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of using antibiotics to control bacteria will be considered, as well as possible alternatives.