Dormouse fat and antimicrobial activity


  • Leon Drame
  • Sara Skok
  • Janez Mulec



antimicrobial activity, dormouse fat, microorganisms


Dormouse fat continues to be used in traditional medicine to alleviate various health problems but, to date, there has been no systematic research into its role as an antimicrobial agent. Microorganisms have been confirmed as being present both in fresh dormouse fat, that has been produced in a traditional way and in previously applied fat. When studied in vitro, dormouse fat showed no inhibitory effect on the growth of the indicator bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The apparent antimicrobial efficacy attested by its continuing and seemingly successful use in traditional medicine is most likely related to stimulation of the host immune system. Further research is needed to investigate and confirm the usefulness of dormouse fat, or its active components, in the treatment of infections related to multiple resistant microbial strains.


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Drame, L., Skok, S., & Mulec, J. (2021). Dormouse fat and antimicrobial activity. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 64(1), 36-40.

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