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Antimicrobial activity of Finnish organic honeys against human pathogenic bacteria

Obey, Jackie; Ngeiywa, Moses; von Wright, Atte; Kauhanen, Jussi and Tikkanen-Kaukanen, Carina (2017) Antimicrobial activity of Finnish organic honeys against human pathogenic bacteria. In: Aakkula, Jyrki; Hakala, Kaija; Huhta, Harri; Iivonen, Sari; Jurvanen, Ulla; Kreismane, Dzidra; Land, Anita; Lähdesmäki, Merja; Malingen, Matti; Mikkola, Minna; Nordlund-Othen, Janne; Nuutila, Jaakko; Peetsmann, Elen; Piskonen, Sirpa; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Skulskis, Virgilijus; Tahvonen, Raija; Taskinen, Sirpa; Ullvén, Karin; Wibe, Atle and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) NJF Seminar 495 - 4th organic Conference: Organics for tomorrow's food systems, 19 - 21 June 2017, Mikkeli, Finland, 13 (1), NJF Report, pp. 94-95.

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Increasing pathogen resistance to antimicrobials threatens every human-being globally. Alternative methods and solutions for fighting against infectious diseases are urgently needed. Honey has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries and its antimicrobial properties have been revealed in several in vitro studies against wide variety of human pathogenic bacterial species, including antibiotic resistant strains. Research on antimicrobial activity of organic honeys is a novel approach and may lead to unknown antimicrobial mechanisms and factors. It also represents sustainable development. In the present study we show that Finnish organic honeys have antimicrobial activity against the growth of human pathogenic organisms E. coli, S. typhi, P. aeruginosa, K. pneumoniae, B. cereus and S. epidermidis responsible for various human diseases. Moderate concentrations of the studied organic honeys were active against most of the pathogenic organisms and thus could have applications in vivo in order to control infections caused by the studied pathogens. The determined minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of the organic honeys were significant, when considering applications to medical practice.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic honey, antimicrobial, bacteria, pathogen, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus epidermidis
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Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2017: NJF Seminar 495 - Organics for tomorrow's food systems > 2. Organic food, human health and wellbeing
Deposited By: Tikkanen-Kaukanen, AdjProf Carina
ID Code:31387
Deposited On:19 Jun 2017 09:21
Last Modified:19 Jun 2017 09:21
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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