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Testing the Antimicrobial Characteristics of Wood Materials: A Review of Methods

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Laboratoire Innovation Matériau Bois Habitat Apprentissage (LIMBHA), Ecole Supérieure du Bois, 7 rue Christian Pauc, 44306 Nantes, France
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Laboratoire HIFIH, UPRES EA3859, SFR 4208, Université d’Angers, 49933 Angers, France
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Laboratoire de bactériologie, CHU Angers, 49933 Angers, France
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CRCINA, Inserm, Université de Nantes and Université d’Angers, 44200 Nantes, France
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Your ResearcH-Bio-Scientific, 307 la Gauterie, 44430 Le Landreau, France
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PAnTher, Oniris, INRA, Université Bretagne Loire, F-44307 Nantes, France
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UMR INRA 1014 SECALIM, Oniris, route de Gachet, CS 40706, 44307 Nantes cedex 03, France
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Received: 9 April 2020 / Revised: 27 April 2020 / Accepted: 27 April 2020 / Published: 1 May 2020
Some wood species have antimicrobial properties, making them a better choice over inert surfaces in certain circumstances. However, the organic and porous nature of wood raises questions regarding the use of this material in hygienically important places. Therefore, it is reasonable to investigate the microbial survival and the antimicrobial potential of wood via a variety of methods. Based on the available literature, this review classifies previously used methods into two broad categories: one category tests wood material by direct bacterial contact, and the other tests the action of molecules previously extracted from wood on bacteria and fungi. This article discusses the suitability of these methods to wood materials and exposes knowledge gaps that can be used to guide future research. This information is intended to help the researchers and field experts to select suitable methods for testing the hygienic safety and antimicrobial properties of wood materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood surfaces; antimicrobial; survival; screening; hygiene; methods; properties wood surfaces; antimicrobial; survival; screening; hygiene; methods; properties
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Munir, M.T.; Pailhories, H.; Eveillard, M.; Irle, M.; Aviat, F.; Dubreil, L.; Federighi, M.; Belloncle, C. Testing the Antimicrobial Characteristics of Wood Materials: A Review of Methods. Antibiotics 2020, 9, 225. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050225

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Munir MT, Pailhories H, Eveillard M, Irle M, Aviat F, Dubreil L, Federighi M, Belloncle C. Testing the Antimicrobial Characteristics of Wood Materials: A Review of Methods. Antibiotics. 2020; 9(5):225. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050225

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Munir, Muhammad T.; Pailhories, Hélène; Eveillard, Matthieu; Irle, Mark; Aviat, Florence; Dubreil, Laurence; Federighi, Michel; Belloncle, Christophe. 2020. "Testing the Antimicrobial Characteristics of Wood Materials: A Review of Methods" Antibiotics 9, no. 5: 225. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050225

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