Friday 31 May 2013

Can bacteria adapt to nano-silver?

Researchers from UNSW have cautioned that more work is needed to understand how micro-organisms respond to the disinfecting properties of silver nano-particles, increasingly used in consumer goods, and for medical and environmental applications.

However, antimicrobial action of nanosilver is not universal Furthermore, according to a new study, overexposure to silver nano-particles can cause potentially harmful organisms to rapidly adapt and flourish.

For further details, please see the following paper:

Cindy Gunawan, Wey Yang Teoh, Christopher P. Marquis, Rose Amal. Induced Adaptation ofBacillus Antimicrobial Nanosilver. Small, 2013

Posted by Tim Sandle

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