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“Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?” – The Guardian article on Professor Les Baillie’s research.

26 July 2011


Professor Baillie’s team, in conjunction with the National Botanic Garden of Wales and supported by the Society for Applied Microbiology, aim to build a DNA profile of the nation’s honey. The information could identify plants that are naturally able to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as the ‘superbug’ MRSA and Clostridium difficile, and also help fight the diseases attacking Britain’s bees.

Today, The Guardian has published an article exploring this research, free to read here.

Professor Baillie and his team are actively collecting samples of honey to improve this profile. Beekeepers wishing to contribute their honey to the research project should send a 200g pot together with their address, postcode and details of the plants their bees feed on to:

Jenny Hawkins,
Welsh School of Pharmacy Cardiff University,
Redwood Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB


 Professor Les Baillie 
Position: Professor of Microbiology