Honey from Portobello bees may be used in treatment of MRSA superbug

HONEY produced by thousands of Portobello bees may be used in the fight against killer superbugs like MRSA.

Research from Queen Margaret University has shown that honey from the seaside is effective at killing common strains of bacteria which cause wound infections.

The pilot research study – which got under way at the end of last year – found the locally produced honey was as effective at combating bugs as manuka honey from New Zealand.

Funding is now being sought by the university to establish if it can fight antibiotic resistant bugs like MRSA.

Dr Fiona Coutts, dean of health sciences at Queen Margaret University, said the exciting research work could open “an area of untapped potential for Scotland”.

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