The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of microorganisms is a threat to global health and food security. As antibiotics become unable to eliminate disease-causing organisms, new compounds will need to be utilized. The use of essential oils as antimicrobials has been practiced for centuries, yet very little information about the ability of microorganisms to acquire resistance to these oils is available. In this study, we report on the generation of a juniper berry essential oil reduced-susceptibility population in Corynebacterium striatum.

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