“Our results show that folklore and traditional medicines are worth investigating in the search for new antibiotics," Swansea University Medical School professor Paul Dyson said. "Scientists, historians and archaeologists can all have something to contribute to this task. It seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem might lie in the wisdom of the past."
Whether or not the researchers can use this soil extensively remains to be seen. The goal is to find other areas in the world that have soil containing similar bacteria, eventually using it as a major player in the fight against deadly superbugs.