Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 11, Issue 3, 2009; Page No.(633-637 )

ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF' NIGERIAN HONEY: AN IN VITRO STUDY

N. FRANK-PETERSIDE AND O. ALU

Abstract

The antimicrobial activity of honey from different locations in Nigeria (North, South, East and West) against Pseutiommlas spp., Fscherichia coil and Staphylococcus aureus isolated from sputum and wound swabs (collected from Niger Hospital and University of Port-Harcourt teaching Hospital all in Port Harcourt) were studied. The method employed was the well-in-agar diffusion assay, which involved the determination of antibacterial activity by measuring the zone of inhibition produced by the different honey samples. The results of these studies revealed antibacterial activity of all the honey samples against the test organisms, with activity increasing as the percentage concentration of honey increased. Honey from the East was found to be most potent against the test organisms by producing a larger zone of inhibition at all concentrations; this was followed by honey from the West, South and finally honey from the North.

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