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Abstract

Induced dwarf mutant in Catharanthus roseus with enhanced antibacterial activity

Author(s): AK Verma, RR Singh
Plant Genetics Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226 007, India

Correspondence Address:
A K Verma Plant Genetics Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226 007 India E-mail: [email protected]


Evaluation of an ethyl methane sulphonate-induced dwarf mutant of Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don revealed that the mutant exhibited marked variation in morphometric parameters. The in vitro antibacterial activity of the aqueous and alcoholic leaf extracts of the mutant and control plants was investigated against medically important bacteria. The mutant leaf extracts showed enhanced antibacterial activity against all the tested bacteria except Bacillus subtilis.

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