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Research Journal of Phytochemistry
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 35-43
DOI: 10.3923/rjphyto.2008.35.43
Comparative Assessment of Antifungal Activity of Extracts from Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus citriodora
D.M. Musyimi and J.A. Ogur

Abstract:
A study was conducted to establish the antifungal properties of extracts from Eucalyptus citriodora and Eucalyptus globulus. Three fungal pathogens were identified and used in this study, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum gypsum (filamentous forms) and Candida albicans (yeast) using the well diffusion method. Serial dilution of the extracts and essential oils was done in order to determine the lowest active concentration in comparison to that of 1% Clotrimazole, 50 mg mL-1 Griseofulvin and 1% life Nystatin. The activity of 100 and 50% of E. citriodora oil was greatly higher than that of E. globulus and standard drugs. Methanol extracts were less active, compared to essential oils (p< 0.05). Gas chromatogram analysis of E. citriodora oil confirmed a total of 9 compounds. The E. citriodora oil presented the highest growth inhibition for all the microorganisms tested. The results indicate that E. citriodora and E. globulus have some antifungal properties which might be exploited as natural fungicide for the management of fungal diseases especially in this era of opportunistic diseases due to HIV/AIDS.
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How to cite this article:

D.M. Musyimi and J.A. Ogur, 2008. Comparative Assessment of Antifungal Activity of Extracts from Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus citriodora. Research Journal of Phytochemistry, 2: 35-43.

DOI: 10.3923/rjphyto.2008.35.43

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjphyto.2008.35.43

 
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