ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF AN ETHNOMEDICINAL PLANT BIDENS PILOSA L.Abstract
Bindens pilosa L. is a cosmopolitan weed, originally from South America and common in all tropical and subtropical areas of the world. It is a small annual weed occurring all over the country. Roots, leaves and seeds have been reported to possess antibacterial, antidysentric, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and hypotensive activities. Extracts of this plant is used in southern Africa to cure malaria. In tropics also it is used on snakebite and malaria. It is used in traditional medicine as a remedy to treat glandular sclerosis, wounds, colds, flu and urinary tract infections. Leaf extracts in petroleum ether, chloroform, acetone, methanol and distilled water were tested against five bacteria. Maximum zone of inhibition was produced by acetone and petroleum ether extract against Proteus vulgaris, and least activity by methanol and aqueous extract against bacillus subtilis.
M. J. Dagawal* and D. S. Ghorpade
Department of Botany, Smt. Radhabai Sarda College, Anjangaon Surji Dist., Amravati, Maharashtra, India
08 May, 2011
21 June, 2011
28 July, 2011
01 August, 2011