The feces of muskrats, semi-aquatic rodents native to North America, has been found to contain a powerful antibiotic that kills the food-poisoning Salmonella and Vibio bacteria.
Researchers at Pusan National University in South Korea also found that the substance can also act against Staphylococcus aureus, which causes many opportunistic infections. The scientists even found it effective against termites which will interest those who wish to avoid chemical based insect control. They have since patented their discoveries.
Muskrats are already prized for their musk used in products such as perfumes and cosmetics so this discovery will make them even more valuable.
Muskrat Feces Contains Bacteria Killer and Insecticide
1. Natural Antibiotics Discovery - The discovery of natural antibiotics from muskrat feces presents an opportunity for the development of new antibiotic drugs.
2. Eco-friendly Insecticide Solution - The effectiveness of muskrat feces as an insecticide presents an opportunity for the development of eco-friendly alternatives to chemical-based insect control products.
3. Bio-based Animal Product Development - The discovery of valuable substances in muskrats, such as musk and now antibiotics, presents an opportunity for the development of new bio-based animal products.
1. Pharmaceutical Industry - The discovery of natural antibiotics presents opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry to develop new antibiotics and improve healthcare.
2. Agriculture and Pest Control Industry - The discovery of muskrat feces as an effective insecticide presents opportunities for the agriculture and pest control industry to create sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to chemical-based insect control products.
3. Cosmetics Industry - The discovery of valuable substances in muskrats presents opportunities for the cosmetics industry to develop new bio-based products.