African Journal of
Bacteriology Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Bacteriol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9871
  • DOI: 10.5897/JBR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 120

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of in-vitro inhibitory effect of honey on some microbial isolate

Raied Taha Al- Naama
Department of Microbiology, College of Dentistry, University of Basrah, Iraq.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 June 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009


The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial activity of honey sample from Basrah region against certain microbial isolate. Different concentrations (25.0, 50.0, 75.0 and 100.0%) of honey sample where checked for their antimicrobial activities, using some medically important micro-organisms includingEscherichia coli, Pseudomonas spp. and Staphylococcus aureus. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of the honey sample were determined on the selected micro-organisms by using broth dilution technique. The sample of honey show inhibitory effect in vitro at 50, 75 and 100% concentration on the various investigated micro-organism except at 50% concentration where there was no inhibition zone on S. aureus. However, no effect was observed at 25% concentration. The MIC for E. coli, Pseudomonas spp. and S. aureus were 6.25, 1.5 and 12.5 mg/ml respectively. The study shows that honey, like antibiotics, has certain organisms sensitive to it, and provides alternative therapy against certain bacteria and is also shown to have antimicrobial action against a broad spectrum of bacteria (both gram-positive and -negative bacteria).


Key words: Staphylococcus aureusEscherichia coliPseudomonas aeruginosa, honey, antibiotics, sensitivity, antimicrobial.