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The antimicrobial properties of honey have stimulated interest in evaluating it as an alternative to antibiotics for cryopreserved buffalo semen. , and honey were analyzed and honey was found suitable in terms of quality and purity. Buffalo semen (24 ejaculates) was studied for dose tolerability to honey (0.1%-1%), and up to 0.2% (v/v) was not toxic to buffalo spermatozoa. Afterward, semen from three bulls (24 ejaculates) was cryopreserved (four replicates) in tris-citric egg yolk extender supplemented with 0.1% or 0.2% honey, with or without streptomycin-penicillin (SP); extender with SP used as a control. After dilution and cooling, extender without antibiotics but with 0.2% honey was better ( < 0.05) than control in terms of sperm motility and plasma membrane integrity. After thawing, the extenders containing 0.1% honey with antibiotics and extender having 0.2% honey without antibiotics consistently yielded good results in terms of all parameters studied compared to control and other extenders. The extender containing 0.2% honey without antibiotics was better ( < 0.05) in terms of total aerobic bacterial count. In conclusion, 0.2% honey improves the post-thaw quality of buffalo spermatozoa and can replace the use of antibiotics in extender through its antimicrobial activity.
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Name: Biopreservation and biobanking
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