The researchers from Yugra State University have obtained a patent for the invention of a sphagnum moss-based antibacterial agent.

The invention of the agent took long years of research performed by Irina Ananyina, associate professor, Institute of Oil and Gas and fellow students majoring in Chemistry. The study has been carried out jointly with Vadim Leonov, associate professor, Department of Biology and Microbiology at Khanty-Mansiysk State Medical Academy.

– Wetlands occupy one-third of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug's territory. It is common knowledge that various distinctive plants flourish within swampy areas and regions with a large number of water reservoirs. Many of them, such as mosses, have useful and unique properties. The upper parts are used as crude drugs containing the phenolic compound called sphagnol as well as other phenolic and triterpene substances that provide moss with bactericidal and medicinal properties, stimulating wound healing – - said Irina Ananyina.

Our chemists have started studying moss to develop nontoxic plant-based preparations that make it possible to gently provide an antibacterial effect without having a toxic impact on humans. The research team obtained sphagnum moss extract and found that the acquired extracts are most active against S. aureus (Staphylococcus aureus) and C. albicans (thrush).

"We are not going to remain complacent, but we plan to continue working on applying this agent in medicine in the near future", Irina Ananyina said.