Recently, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI) have discovered a new antimicrobial agent.
About Keanumycins –
- A group of molecules developed by bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas has proven to have such a strong antimicrobial effect that researchers have named them keanumycins.
- The researchers proved that the substance is effective against both plant fungal diseases and human-pathogenic fungi.
- The group of molecules works effectively against the planet pest Botrytis cinerea, which triggers grey mould rot in crops, causing massive harvest losses every year.
- It also affects fungi that are dangerous to humans, like Candida albicans and has been proven to be harmless to plant and human cells.
- Keanumycins can be an environment-friendly alternative to chemical pesticides.
What is Pseudomonas?
Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria (germ) that is found commonly in the environment, like in soil and water.