Susceptibility of multiresistant strains of Burkholderia cepacia to honey

Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Jul;31(1):20-4. doi: 10.1046/j.1472-765x.2000.00756.x.


Twenty strains of Burkholderia cepacia, isolated principally from the sputum of cystic fibrosis patients, were tested for their susceptibility to eight antibiotics with a modified Kirby-Bauer Disc diffusion technique. All strains exhibited multiple but not identical patterns of antibiotic resistance. The sensitivity of all strains to honey was assessed with an agar dilution method. All strains exhibited susceptibility to concentrations of honey below 6% (v/v). This suggests that honey may have a potential role in the clinical management of B. cepacia infections.

MeSH terms

  • Burkholderia Infections / microbiology*
  • Burkholderia cepacia / drug effects*
  • Burkholderia cepacia / growth & development
  • Burkholderia cepacia / isolation & purification
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Cystic Fibrosis / microbiology*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Honey*
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Sputum / microbiology