Mangroves potential lab for antibiotics
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Philippine mangrove ecosystems have abundant bacteria whose bioactive compounds can be used to produce powerful antibiotics, according to research conducted by the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) and Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines. DOST-NRCP researcher Teofila Zulaybar of UPLB was able to isolate bioactive compounds from actinomycetes bacteria found in 10 mangrove areas in 10 provinces in the country. The research positively tested its efficacy in treating mastitis in cows by targeting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), its main causal organism.
Ronda, R. A. (2017, February 9). Mangroves potential lab for antibiotics. The Philippine Star, p. B9.
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Mangroves; Bacteria; Antibiotics; Bioactive compounds; Biochemical analysis; Veterinary drugs; Drugs; Metabolites; Fungicides; Biotechnology; Infectious diseases; Actinomycetes; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Staphylococcus aureus; University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB); Zulaybar, Teofila; Alcantara-Papa, Irene
- The Philippine Star