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Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 1062-1066
DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2008.1062.1066
Antimicrobial Activity of Extracts from Felicia muricata Thunb
A.O.T. Ashafa, D.S. Grierson and A.J. Afolayan

Abstract:
The antimicrobial activities of the acetone, methanol and water extracts from the leaves, stems and roots of this herb were investigated against 10 bacterial and 5 fungal species using the dilution method on solid agar medium. The acetone extracts from the leaf and root were active against Gram-positive bacteria with Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) ranging between 1.0 and 7.0 mg mL-1, whereas the acetone stem extract was able to inhibit all the bacterial strains at 0.5-7.0 mg mL-1. The methanol extracts of the 3 plant parts showed activity against all the bacterial isolates with MIC values ranging between 0.1 and 10.0 mg mL-1. Again all the extracts exhibited appreciable activity against all the fungi species investigated. The methanol extract of the root showed 100% inhibition against Aspergillus niger, A. flavus and Penicilium notatum at 5 mg mL-1 while it was 88.61% inhibition in Mucor hiemalis. The ability of the extracts of F. muricata to inhibit the growth of several bacteria and fungi is an indication of its broad-spectrum antimicrobial potential which may be employed in the management of bacterial and fungal infections.
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How to cite this article:

A.O.T. Ashafa, D.S. Grierson and A.J. Afolayan, 2008. Antimicrobial Activity of Extracts from Felicia muricata Thunb. Journal of Biological Sciences, 8: 1062-1066.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2008.1062.1066

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2008.1062.1066

 
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