Monday, 22 June 2020

The unexpected properties of thermal water

A joint research study conducted by UniTrento and Terme di Comano reveals the presence of a specific microorganism. A patent request was filed to exploit its potential

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Mezorhizobium comanense: that is the name of the new microorganism that was discovered in the thermal water of Comano and described by the University of Trento. The microorganism was unknown to science until now, and has significant anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable in the treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis and dermatitis.

The researchers aim to exploit its potential by including the microorganism in the line of cosmetic products of Terme di Comano Skincare, and that is why the invention needs to be patented first, given its novelty for the scientific community. A patent request was filed days ago.

It all started from the instinct of Mario Cristofolini, president of G.B. Mattei, a research institute in medical hydrology and thermal medicine based in Comano: he decided to explore the mechanisms that make thermal water beneficial using new techniques made available by microbiology.

The research work, carried out in collaboration with the Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology - CIBIO of the University of Trento, studied the communities of microorganisms (microbiota) of thermal water and their relationship with the skin microflora of people with skin conditions in order to re-establish a balance and improve their health.

The press release includes further information and the comments of Olivier Jousson, researcher and head of the project at the Cibio Department of the University of Trento.