Lund University (Sweden) published news that scientist found bacteria in bees which shows a potential alternative to antibiotics.
It`s fascinating what everything new we found out about the bees. When we think we know almost everything, scientist are going one more step forward. For know they tested in lab group of bacteria, found in stomach of bees, and they were fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Why do we need an alternative to antibiotics?
If you didn`t hear. World Health Organization (WHO) release in April 2014 first warning: global report on antibiotic resistance that reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health. They are saying with 100 % that bacterias are more and more resistant to antibiotics and this is not prediction is a fact. Not all bacterias are the same, still resistance to antibiotics are fond by bacterias responsible for serious diseases such as
– Bloodstream infections (sepsis),
– Urinary tract infections and
So next time don`t be surprised if antibiotics will not work as they should.
How bees can help?
Scientist found 13 lactic acid bacteria in the honey bee stomach and for now this bacterias “have shown promising results in a series of studies” they said at Lund University.
They mixed the bacteria into a honey and use it on horses, results was successful and has healed horses with persistent wounds. So it`s great potential for an alternative to antibiotics.
“Antibiotics are mostly one active substance, effective against only a narrow spectrum of bacteria. When used alive, these 13 lactic acid bacteria produce the right kind of antimicrobial compounds as needed, depending on the threat. It seems to have worked well for millions of years of protecting bees’ health and honey against other harmful microorganisms. However, since store-bought honey doesn’t contain the living lactic acid bacteria, many of its unique properties have been lost in recent times“, explains Tobias Olofsson in press release few days ago.
What causes antibiotic resistance?
Source: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=24890&news_item=6172 and http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/amr-report/en/