ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF THE LEAVES, BARK, SEED AND FLESH OF MORINGA OLEIFERAAbstract
Moringa oleifera belongs to an onogeneric family of shrubs and tree, Moringaceae. In the Dravidian language there are many local names for Moringa oleifera but all are derived from the generic root “Morunga”. It has anticancer, anti-inflammatory activity and thyroid status regulator efficacies. An experiment was carried out to study the antibacterial activity of different solvent extracts of Moringa oleifera plant by agar well diffusion method against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pnemoniae, Shigella dysentriae and Staphylococcus aureus that frequently cause enteric infections in humans. The benzene, methanol and aqueous extracts of Moringa oleifera leaves, bark, seed and flesh have shown strong antibacterial activity against all the organisms tested such as B. subtilis, E. coli, K. pneumoniae. S. dysentriae and S. aureus. The zone of inhibition ranged from 7-23mm. The plant Moringa oleifera can be used as a source of oral drugs to fight infections caused by susceptible bacteria.
V. Priya, P. Abiramasundari, S. Gayathri Devi* and G.P. Jeyanthi
Department of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women, Coimbatore- 641 043, Tamil Nadu, India
30 March, 2011
06 July, 2011
23 July, 2011
01 August, 2011