Scientists are appealing for jars of honey to help them try to develop new antibacterial drugs
Who knows what medicinal secrets lurk in a pot of honey?
Researchers at Cardiff University and the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW) plan to construct a detailed profile of the nation’s honey. By analysing each sample, they aim to identify plants that can help to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA, scourge of many a hospital ward; and also diseases ravaging the bee population.
At the university’s Welsh School of Pharmacy, work has just begun on screening samples of honey collected from different locations across the UK. The first stage is to see if the honey can conquer MRSA and Clostridium difficile. There’s a straightforward test: honey is mixed with the bacteria and if these are killed off by antimicrobial activity within the honey, this indicates the medicinal potential of the bees’ plant food.
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