Pineapple could be a secret superbug fighting weapon
A professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne has been investigating enzyme from pineapple that may provide a source for a new alternative to antibiotics.
Professor Robert Pike of La Trobe University is currently using cutting edge DNA technology to pull an extract from pineapple stems which stops gastro and diarrhoea in piglets.
He says this reduces the reliance on antibiotics.
“We hope this will also open up new avenues for natural treatments of gastro in humans – and stop our strong reliance on antibiotics and the rise of superbugs,” Professor Pike said.
Scour (pre-weaning diarrhoea) costs the pig industry AUD $7 million each year.
The extract from the pineapple is used to make the antibiotic alternative which has been named ‘Detach’.
Detach has been created in collaboration with Anatara Lifesciences, a company which develops non-antibiotic oral solutions for gastrointestinal diseases in animals and humans.
Trials with pigs have been positive and the product is set to launch in a few months’ time.
“This has huge significance given consumer demand for antibiotic – free products and regulatory changes that restrict veterinary use of medicinal and growth antibiotics,” Professor Pike said.