Eliminating Bacteria with Capsaicin
Caitlin Sankaran-Wee
David Thompson
Floor Location : 020408

I experimented with capsaicin to create an antimicrobial.

Capsaicin was extracted from Thai chilli peppers, followed by producing agar and plating petri dishes. Bacteria samples were applied onto agar plates and then incubated. After two days, a sufficient amount of bacteria colonies formed and a paper towel disk soaked with capsaicin extract was placed directly on the agar plate.

Mixed results were observed. Bacteria from certain places were sensitive to the capsaicin. Other bacteria were resistant to the capsaicin.

I hope to propose a remedy to bacterial infections of eating spicy foods or consuming capsaicin-infused medicines.