The antibacterial potency of the medicinal maggot Lucilia sericata (Meigen): variation in laboratory evaluation.

Barnes, K. M. and Gennard, Dorothy and Dixon, Ron (2010) The antibacterial potency of the medicinal maggot Lucilia sericata (Meigen): variation in laboratory evaluation. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 82 (3). pp. 234-237. ISSN 0167-7012

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2010.06.005

Abstract

The antibacterial potency of the medicinal maggot Lucilia sericata (Meigen): variation in laboratory evaluation.
Research to quantify the potency of larval excretion/secretion from Lucilia sericata using liquid culture assays has produced contradictory results. In this study, viable counting was used to investigate the effectiveness of excretion/secretion against three marker bacterial species (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli) and the effects of varying growing conditions in assays. Results demonstrate that factors such as number of larvae, species of bacteria and addition of nutrient influence its antibacterial potency. Therefore a standardised method should be employed for liquid culture assays when investigating the antibacterial activity of larval excretion/secretion from L. sericata

Item Type:Article
Keywords:antibacterial potency, medicinal maggot Lucilia sericata, laboratory evaluation, Insect debridement therapy, Wounds
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C521 Medical Microbiology
C Biological Sciences > C500 Microbiology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:2664
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:11 Jun 2010 10:28
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