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Recently, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI) have discovered a new antimicrobial agent.

About Keanumycins:

  • A group of molecules developed by bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas has proven to have such a strong antimicrobial effect that researchers have named them keanumycins.
  • The researchers proved that the substance is effective against both plant fungal diseases and human-pathogenic fungi.
  • The group of molecules works effectively against the planet pest Botrytis cinerea, which triggers grey mould rot in crops, causing massive harvest losses every year. 
  • It also affects fungi that are dangerous to humans, like Candida albicans and has been proven to be harmless to plant and human cells.
  • Keanumycins can be an environment-friendly alternative to chemical pesticides.

What is Pseudomonas?

  • Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria (germ) that is found commonly in the environment, like in soil and water.


Q1) What is a Bacteria?

Bacteria are small single-celled organisms which are found almost everywhere on Earth and are vital to the planet's ecosystems.

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