In a swarm of local legends claiming to have medicinal properties of the soils of the Boho Plateau in northern Ireland, a scientific study confirmed that the dust could be of real benefit to humans in their fight against the deadly antibiotic bacteria, including MRSA.
Researchers at the University of Swansea have found that alkaline soils in the Northern Ireland province of Fermanagh are home to bacteria previously unknown to scientists called the Streptomyces sp. Myrophorea.
According to the researchers, these bacteria can inhibit the growth of four out of six antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Although researchers are still unsure of the mechanism by which such growth obstruction occurs, they appear to be close to answering this question. They are also investigating new populations where such bacteria can exist.
The researchers stress the importance of such a discovery in the human war against antibiotic-infested bacteria, one of which may be a harbinger of ill-health because it may kill one’s life. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious problems facing humans today. If this problem persists today, it could lead to 1.3 million deaths in Europe by 2050.
It is noteworthy that the area of Boho, where the bacteria were found, was home to the priests of Celtic peoples about 1500 years ago, and home to the Neolithic peoples about 4000 years ago. Her soil has been previously used by local residents to treat toothache and sore throat, reflecting the underlying importance of investigating and verifying the alleged benefits of folk medicine.
The study was recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Source: Medical News Today