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Antibacterial activity of honey from stingless honeybees (Hymenoptera; Apidae; Meliponinae).

Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine antibacterial activity of the honey of stingless honeybees (Meliponinae). An agar well diffusion assay demonstrated that many honey samples of stingless honeybees inhibited the growth of test strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa; moreover, they exhibited non-peroxide antibacterial activity against those strains. This is the first time that non-peroxide antimicrobial activity of honey from a number of species of stingless honeybees has been demonstrated. These antibacterial activities appear to be powerful, even when compared to those of"manuka honey" from Apinae honeybees.

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Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Division of Health Sciences Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, Japan.

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MeSH

Animals
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Bees
Gram-Negative Bacteria
Gram-Positive Bacteria
Honey
Microbial Sensitivity Tests

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18254500