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Essential oils as antimicrobial agents

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria is creating issues for pharmaceutical companies and medical practitioners to slow the development of strains of bacteria. Experts believe that in the next 10 to 20 years we will return to a ‘pre-antibiotic’ era, where easily treated infections could become fatal again.

Students at Boroughbridge High School embarked on a project to explore the efficacy of the antimicrobial properties of essential oils. Could they have antimicrobial properties? And do bacteria but also whether bacteria have the capability to become resistant to any antimicrobial effects of essential oils?

The students worked with academics from Harrogate District Hospital to test five essential oil products against different types of bacteria – find out the results at the exhibit! 

Presented by: Boroughbridge High School as part of a Royal Society Partnership Grant project.