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The Efficacy of natural Antimicrobials and Antibiotics on Staphylococcus aureus and an Unknown Environmental Isolate

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dc.contributor.author Keith Gandy, Danielle Oddo, Danielle Pett, and Eric Freundt
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-06T19:43:42Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-06T19:43:42Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11868/315
dc.description.abstract The problem of antibiotic resistance is growing increasingly prominent as more microbes are evolving to evade traditional antibiotics. New antibiotics and treatments against virulent bacteria are becoming a necessity in the medical community. In this experiment, antimicrobial properties of homeopathic compounds were tested. Tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar were compared with three common antibiotics: vancomycin, erythromycin and cephalothin. These compounds were tested against the possibly virulent bacteria Staphylococcus aureus as well as an environmentally isolated strain that was identified to be a gram positive streptobacillus. The results of this experiment demonstrated that the homeopathic compounds created zones of inhibition. The zone diameter directly correlated with the susceptibility or resistance of that particular colony to the antibiotic. The zones from the homeopathic medicines and the antibiotic disks of vancomycin, cephalothin, and erythromycin were compared. The largest zones of inhibition with Staphylococcus aureus and the environmental isolate were generated by cephalothin. Although traditional antibiotics displayed the greatest antimicrobial properties, our results suggest that homeopathic compounds can successfully inhibit growth of potential pathogenic bacteria and should be considered for future clinical applications. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher College of Natural and Health Sciences, The University of Tampa en_US
dc.subject antimicrobials en_US
dc.subject antibiotics en_US
dc.subject Staphylococcus aureus en_US
dc.subject Department of Biology en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES::Biology en_US
dc.title The Efficacy of natural Antimicrobials and Antibiotics on Staphylococcus aureus and an Unknown Environmental Isolate en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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