Super bacteria-targeting microbes found in Korea's Nakdong River
Microbes that target antibiotic-resistant superbugs have been discovered in Korean waters.
The finding is expected to have broad applications... and could serve as a natural agent to fight common ailments.
Park Se-young has the details.
At the Nakdong River in the city of Sangju in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, a researcher collects samples of microbes.
He and other members of the research team have found nearly 200 trillion microbes in the contaminated water, including harmful bacteria like colon bacillus and salmonella.
They've also found Paucibacter CR182 and four other species that have the ability to inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbacteria, ...which cause hard-to-cure diseases like pneumonia and septicemia.
"We separated the microbes from the water sample and discovered, through numerous screenings, microbes with antimicrobial effects."
The newly discovered microbes are ideal for use as natural antimicrobial agents, feed additives and even health foods.
The research team, which secured the basic technology for mass production of the microbes and applied for a patent, will continue its research and expand the microbes' use.