This brief article from Canada's McGill University, describing how ordinary maple syrup bought from local Montreal markets has been found to synergistically boost the effectiveness of antibiotics, shows that there may be low cost ways to better use our existing arsenal of antibiotics against infections and potentially reduce the quantity we put into the environment. The positive finding with often hard to tackle biofilms is particularly encouraging:
Obviously there's lots of further research and trials needed before we can buy naturally sweetened antibiotics, but who would have thought?
Photo: "Now if I can just get this spot". Pied Cormorant doing some contortionist grooming.