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Abstract

Antimicrobial Activity Of Some Indigenous Plants

Author(s): K Mangathayaru, G Umashankar, G Muralitharan, E Cordairayen, J Vasantha

Diethyl ether and methanol extracts of dried powdered, aerial parts of Artemesia sleverslana (Asteraceae), Origanum majoram (Lamiaceae), fruit peel of Musa paradisiaca var sapienturn (Musaceae) and stem bark of Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae) were evaluated for antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coll, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans by cup-plate method. Both the extracts of Moringapterygosperma and methanol extract of Musaparadisiaca have shown significant activity in comparison with the standards benzyl penicillin and streptomycin. All others except ether extract of Musa paradisiaca are inhibitory to the tested human pathogenic fungi.