Sunday, 22 May 2005

This presentation is part of: Pre-College Reseach Posters

The Antibacterial Effect of Mimosa tenuiflora

Andrea Hodgson, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, Metuchen, NJ

Mimosa tenuiflora is a tree whose bark, according to literature, contains miraculous healing powers. Its antibacterial properties are 300% more effective than streptomycin (University of Ottawa, 2003). This property can be found in many of its products, most commonly used is soap. Antibacterial soap is used as a defense mechanism against the spread of bacteria, but there is controversy about bacterial resistance. Using natural products to eliminate bacteria from the body will hinder resistance. In this study, Staphylococcus epidermis and E. coli were exposed to three different soaps, antibacterial, non- antibacterial, and Mimosa tenuiflora soap to test the antibacterial properties. A colony count was done and results were analyzed using a T-test. Preliminary results indicate the Mimosa tenuiflora soap may possibly be as effective against E. coli as the antibacterial soap.

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