COW DUNG- A BOON FOR ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY

  • SUSHMITA SHRIVASTAVA*, ALKA MISHRA ARTI PAL *DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY, BIMR COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, GWALIOR, DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY, BIMR COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, GWALIOR. Corresponding author’s e-mail: rssush@gmail.com, alkamishra07@yahoo.co.in
Keywords: Cow dung, Panchgavya, Holy, Antimicrobial, Microbes

Abstract

India is an agricultural country having variety of plants and animals. Among the animals, cattle like cow has a prominent place in our country. It is considered as go-mata and worshipped by every hindu of India. The five products of cow called “Panchgavya†is a precious gift of this holy animal to our society, which consist of milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. Among these, cow dung also called cow pad, is a component having crude protein, cellulose, hemicellulose and minerals. It is an efficient organic manure used to increase plant yield in fields. Cow dung slurry is also used by people of our country for plastering the floors and walls of their houses. Considering this custom of our society, a study had been done to evaluate antibacterial and antifungal properties of cow dung extract in distil water, ethanol and n- hexane against Candida, E. coli, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus aureus and found it highly effective against these microbes. The study revealed that cow dung extract possess antimicrobial properties, which can be used to fight against certain pathogenic diseases and other ailments.

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