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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2000  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 348 - 349

Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of Suaeda fruticosa Forsk From Cholistan, Pakistan

Samia Rashid, Qaiser Iftikhar, Mohammad Arshad and Javed Iqbal    

Abstract: Proximate chemical composition, mineral constituents and antibacterial activity of Suaeda fruticosa (Kali Lani) was carried out. Determination of chemical constituents showed the presence of total carbohydrates 0.66 per cent (0.34% reducing and 0.32 % non-reducing), moisture contents 87.9 per cent and ash contents 6.0 per cent. Ether extract of the plant showed acid value 0.56, iodine value 0.02, refractive index 1.36 and pH value 8.0. The percentage of mineral constituents was, sodium 1.40, potassium 0.55, calcium 2.40, magnesium 2.04, carbonates 0.12, bicarbonates 0.85 and chlorides 1.40. Results of antibacterial activity of plant extracts in water, acetone, ethanol and ether against Klebsiella, Staphylococcus and E.Coli indicated that plant possesses potent antibacterial activity. E.Coli showed resistance to the standard antibiotic I. e. Streptomycin while its growth was inhibited by acetone and ether extracts.

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