The country to which medicinal properties are attributed
A member of the research team, Gerry Quinn, a former Boho resident in Fermanagh county, knew many years of healing traditions in the area.
Traditionally, a small amount of dirt was wrapped in a cotton fabric and used to treat many diseases, such as toothache, throat and neck. Interestingly, this area was previously occupied by the Druids, about 1500 years ago, and the Neolithic 4,000 years ago.
The main findings of the study were that the recently identified strain of Streptomyces inhibited the growth of four of the six largest multiresistant pathogens identified by the WHO responsible for infections related to medical care: resistant to vancomycin Enterococcus faecium (VRE), Vanfimicin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia and carbinapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii. It also inhibits gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, which differ in the structure of their cell wall; In general, gram-negative bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics.
It is not yet clear which component of the new species prevents the growth of the pathogens, but the team is already investigating this.
Professor Paul Dyson of the University of Medicine at the University of Swansea said: "This new type of bacteria is effective against 4 of the 6 major pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics, including the MRSA." Our discovery is an important step forward in the fight against antibiotic resistance.
"Our results show that it is worth exploring folklore and traditional drugs in the search for new antibiotics Scientists, historians and archeologists may have something to contribute to this task, it seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem it could be in wisdom of the past ".