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The antibacterial activity of diluted Tualang honey


N. A. Roslan and H. N. Mohammad Rashed and N. H. Harun and Mohd Hafiz Jamaludin and Zulhisyam Abdul Kari @ Abdullah and A. R. Alimon (2015) The antibacterial activity of diluted Tualang honey. Malaysia Journal of Animal Science, 18 (1). pp. 99-104. ISSN 1394-3227


Tualang honey (TH) is a Malaysian jungle honey obtained from the wild. The honey is produced
by the rock bee (Apis dorsata), which builds hives on branches of tall Tualang (Koompassia
excelsa (Becc.) Taub) trees located mainly in the north-western region of Peninsular Malaysia.
Limited information is available on the antibacterial mechanism of local honey. The present
study was conducted to determine the antibacterial activity of diluted ‘Tualang’ honey against
Escherichia coli (E. coli). Three different Tualang honey concentrations, namely, 20, 30 and
40% were used to examine the effect of diluting Tualang honey on its antibacterial effect towards
E. coli. The 40% diluted honey was the most effective in inhibiting the growth of E. coli,
followed by honey diluted at 20 and 30%. The high antibacterial activity of honey towards E.
Coli was thought to arise from the production of hydrogen peroxide, but requires further study to
validate the action

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2015
Journal or Publication Title: Malaysia Journal of Animal Science
ISSN: 1394-3227
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tualang honey - E. coli - Antibacterial - Hydrogen peroxide
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Agro - Based Industry
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