Antibacterial activity of honeys produced by five major bee species in Kerala

Publication Date : 31/03/2015

Author(s) :

Krishnasree V , Mary Ukkuru P.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 3
(03 - 2015)

Abstract :

The present study aimed to explore the antibacterial efficacy of the honey produced by the five bee species that prevail in Kerala namely, Apis cerana indica F. (Ac), Apis mellifera L. (Am), Apis dorsata F. (Ad), Apis florea F. (Af) and Trigona irridipennis S. (Ti). Antibacterial study was carried out against seven bacterial strains of which three were gram positive and four were gram negative. The results obtained were compared with standard antibiotic ampicilline. It was found that the antibacterial efficacy was more in the honeys when they were taken in the pure form. The antimicrobial activity was analyzed by measuring the zone inhibition diameter (ZID) exhibited by the honey against the pathogen.

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