ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF LEAVES OF CANAVALIA MOLLIS WIGHT & ARN. (HORSE BEAN).Abstract
In the present study, eight organic solvents and aqueous extracts of Canavalia mollis leaves were screened for their phytochemical composition, anti bacterial and free radical scavenging activities. Among the different extracts tested, ethanol, methanol and acetone extracts showed significant antimicrobial and radical scavenging activities. The most susceptible microorganisms were found to be Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus faecalis. Preliminary phytochemical analysis of the leaf extracts revealed that the antibacterial and the radical scavenging activities are mainly due to the presence of the phenolic compounds especially alkaloids. The results obtained suggest that C. mollis could be exploited in the infections management of various diseases.
S. Prabhu , S. John Britto*, P. Thangavel , L. Joelri Michael Raj, and S. R. Senthilkumar
Director, The Rapinat Herbarium and Center for Molecular Systematics, St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
14 August, 2010
12 November, 2010
26 December, 2010