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Research Journal of Medicinal Plants
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 39 - 42

Antimicrobial Activity of Saponin Fraction from the Roots of Hemidesmus indicus

Venkatesan Gopiesh Khanna and Krishnan Kannabiran    

Abstract: The antimicrobial activity of saponin fraction from the roots of Hemidesmus indicus was evaluated against pathogenic bacteria and fungi in an in vitro condition by agar diffusion assay. Pure saponin extract exhibited remarkable antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhi, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus niger. The present study suggests that the saponin fraction possesses significant antibacterial activity. It can be concluded from this study, saponin may be a phytochemical of choice to develop as a potential antimicrobics against pathogenic microorganisms.

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