ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF MUNTINGIA CALABURA ROOT EXTRACTS AGAINST HUMAN PATHOGENS

  • RAMASAMY RAJESH* AND NANJUNDAN JAIVEL DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY, TAMIL NADU AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, COIMBATORE 641 003. Corresponding author’s e-mail: rajtech1985@gmail.com

Abstract

The aim of the present study is to determine the in vitro antimicrobial activity of various extracts of Muntingia calabura (Elaeocarpaceae) roots against a selected panel of microorganisms. Antimicrobial testing was carried out using the agar well diffusion assay method. The microbes targeted were Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecalis, E.coli, P. aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, C. albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans. Results of this study showed that the methanol root extract of M. calabura was effective against S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, E.coli, Streptococcus faecalis, Klebsiella pneumonia, C. albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans with inhibition zone of 1.7, 1.8, 1.5, 1.3, 1.6, 1.4 and 1.5 cm respectively. The chloroform and petroleum ether extracts showed comparatively less zone of inhibition against the selected pathogens. Finally, we concluded that M. calabura possesses a potential antibacterial property and the results also suggest the presence of more potent polar antibacterial compound in the Muntingia calabura plant material.

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Published
2014-08-01
How to Cite
NANJUNDAN JAIVEL, RAMASAMY RAJESH* AND. ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF MUNTINGIA CALABURA ROOT EXTRACTS AGAINST HUMAN PATHOGENS. LIFE SCIENCES LEAFLETS, [S.l.], v. 54, aug. 2014. ISSN 0976-1098. Available at: <http://petsd.org/ojs/index.php/lifesciencesleaflets/article/view/130>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2017.

Keywords

Muntingia calabura, Antimicrobial, Agar well diffusion, Human pathogen, MIC.