alexa Antimicrobial activity of different Finnish monofloral honeys against human pathogenic bacteria.


Journal of Food Processing & Technology

Author(s): Huttunen S, Riihinen K, Kauhanen J, TikkanenKaukanen C

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Abstract The antimicrobial activity and phenolic compounds of five Finnish honey products against important human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and methicillin-resistant S. aureus were analyzed. Microbroth dilution method and HPLC-DAD were used in antimicrobial testing and phenolic compound determination, respectively. Significant antimicrobial activity (p < 0.01) against all the tested pathogens was found from willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium), heather (Calluna vulgaris), and buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) honeys. This is the first report on antimicrobial activity of Finnish monofloral honeys against streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria. To our knowledge this is also the first report on the antimicrobial effect of honey against S. pneumoniae. © 2012 APMIS. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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