Interestingly enough, the earth on the site, Boho Highlands in northern Ireland, has long had a reputation for having healing powers.
in the past wrap up a bit of soil in a piece of cotton, to relieve toothache, and various infections.
During the celtic era 1,500 years ago, the druids – the religious leaders – to on the site.
the Scientists behind the discovery are active at Swansea University Medical School. They report their findings in the journal Frontiers in MIcrobiology.
One of the scientists, Gerry Quinn, has previously lived in the area and knew that the earth had a reputation for having medicinal properties.
contains a strain of bacteria belonging to the genus Streptomyces which are effective against four of the six worst antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Tests show that they can stop the growth of, among others, vankomycinresistenta enterococci and methicillin-resistant staphylococci.
Streptomyces is often called mold bacteria because they have similarities with the mould. The new variant has been given the name Streptomyces sp. myrophorea which refers to its special aroma reminiscent of the scent of oil of wintergreen.
considered one of the greatest threats to public health in most countries. Estimates suggest that millions of people may die each year in the world around the year 2050 as a result of that they can no longer be treated with antibiotics.
Exactly how the newly discovered microbe behaves in order to eliminate the dangerous bacteria is, as yet, unknown. But the scientists behind the discovery is now planning to investigate this. The intention is to isolate the bacteriostatic substances in the long term, be able to produce new and effective forms of antibiotics.