Despite promise, hops yield no antibiotic alternative

Despite promise, hops yield no antibiotic alternative

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Long-term trials find hops do not serve as an antibiotic alternative in ruminants

Hops are known to have certain bacteriostatic properties — that is, they prevent bacteria from reproducing. And early research suggested hops could affect rumen fermentation, suggesting they might serve as a useful feed additive in place of antibiotics.