Volunteers join search for antibiotics in Thetford soil

Volunteers and scientists will collect samples from Thetford Forest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists are collecting soil samples in Thetford Forest today to try to find new antibiotics.

The University of East Anglia team want volunteers to help them take samples.

They'll then analyse the colour, shape and size of the bacteria in the soil to see if antibiotics are being produced.

Antibiotics are vital medicines used to treat bacterial infections. Most are made by soil bacteria, so people taking part in 'Antibiotics Unearthed' can make a real contribution in our search for new ones.

Many of our most effective antibiotics have been found by scientists screening soil samples.

It makes sense to keep looking there and getting samples from members of the public will help us on our way.

– Prof Laura Bowater, UEA Medical School