Colin Inglis

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Teacher of Biology, Boroughbridge, UK

A teacher of Biology at Boroughbridge High School, formed a partnership with Professor Kerr, Consultant Microbiologist at Harrogate and District NHS Trust Hospital; using a Royal Society School partnership grant.

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.

Four sixth form students and ten year 10 students from Boroughbridge High School embarked on a project in the autumn of 2012 to explore the efficacy of the antimicrobial properties of essential oils to examine whether they could be used to treat infections caused by bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics, but also whether bacteria have the capability to become resistant to the antimicrobial effects of essential oils.

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