QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 10

Portobello honey could be the answer in fight against bacteria New research has shown that honey produced in Portobello, Edinburgh is as effective in the fight against bacteria as the world famous Manuka honey from New Zealand. QMU researchers found that if used in high concentrations, Portobello honey is equally as effective as Manuka honey at killing some common strains of bacteria which cause wound infections. The pilot research study investigated the effects of both honeys on Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E coli, all of which are known to infect wounds. These bacteria present great challenges in hospitals where patients with wounds are often more susceptible to infections. Dr Lorna Fyfe, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Immunology, led the study. She explained: “Fighting harmful bacteria has become a global challenge. Bacteria are constantly evolving to become resistant to antibiotics and the race is on to develop alternative antimicrobial agents which can fight a range of different infections. 10 QMYOU / Health & Rehabilitation