SCREENING OF AN INDIGENOUS MEDICINAL PLANT – MADHUCA LONGIFOLIA FOR ITS ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIESAbstract
Madhucalongifolia is an economically important medicinal tree growing throughout the subtropical region. This research article deals with the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of M. longifolia. The antioxidant properties of the seed were determined by hydrogen peroxide scavenging activity and reducing power assay. The methanol extract exhibited more antioxidant activity than water extract. The fungal and bacterial pathogens used for the study were isolated from the skin scraping of infected animals. The methanol and water extracts of M. longifolia seedswere tested for their antimicrobial efficacy against the pathogens. Methanol extract exhibited good antimicrobial property than water extract. From the above findings it is confirmed that the seeds of M. longifolia posses good antioxidant and antimicrobial property.
U. Umadevi and M. Kamalam *
Department of Botany, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
16 May, 2014
17 July, 2014
16 September, 2014
01 January, 2015