Lucy Iteba

University of Nairobi, School of Biological Sciences, Kenya

Title: Laboratory analysis of antimicrobial properties of honey


Lucy Mongina Iteba has studied her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology in the University of Nairobi and Graduated with second class upper
division in the year 2014. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in the same course and same university while also working with a pharmaceutical company called
Glyxosmith Kenya in the Microbiology section. She is a Researcher aiming at nothing less but the best in her career.


The use of honey is widely spread across the world due to its nutrition and medicinal values. It has both the antioxidant and
antibacterial properties. In the laboratory analysis, the honey sample used was collected from the National Bee Keeping Station.
Agar solution was prepared under sterile conditions and aseptically inoculated in petri dishes for 24 hours. Escherichia coli and
Staphylococcus aureus were spread in the culture in diff erent petri dishes. sterile paper discs were impregnated with honey and put
at the center of the cultures. Streptomycin, a known antibiotic was used as a control experiment in a diff erent petri dish. Th ey were
incubated for 24 hours. Th e results showed that there were a clear batch around the discs. Th is shows that honey could inhibit the
growth of these microbes around the disc and that honey can be used for its antimicrobial properties on E. coli and S. aureus.