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Honey-an antimicrobial therapy for common microbial pathogens

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Microbiology, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya Nanded, MS-431 602, India

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 8, Issue (1), Pages 62-64, January,8 (2020)


Honey is a product obtained by processing of nectar collected by bees from various plant sources. It has been used for its antimicrobial role for more than a century. The pharmaceutical industries are producing novel antibiotics for sale in market; but simultaneously various pathogenic bacteria are developing resistance against these antibiotics. This is because of transfer of antibiotic resistant plasmids within bacterial populations. The presence of immunosuppressed patients in hospitals, which are more susceptible to new infections by antibiotic resistant pathogens, is a matter of concern. This multidrug resistance acquired by pathogens, prevents the effective action of the antibiotic. In this study an attempt was made to demonstrate use of honey as an antimicrobial agent against various human pathogens and wound infecting bacteria e.g. Pseudomonas aeroginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella typhi. Laboratory investigation demonstrated effectiveness of honey as an antimicrobial at various concentrations of honey.


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