Antimicrobial studies of leaf extracts from Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC
Arora Shefali1,*, Yadav Vandana1, Kumar Pankaj1, Kumar Deepak2
1Departmant of Chemistry, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun - 248 007, Uttarakhand
2Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dolphin (PG) Institute of Biomedical and Natural Sciences, Dehradun - 248 007, Uttarakhand
*Corresponding author: Shefali Arora e-mail: email@example.com
Online published on 6 October, 2014.
The methanolic leaf extract of Desmodium heterocarpon (L) DC was tested for antimicrobial activity against the bacterial strains of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella typhi, Bacillus subtillis, Staphylococcus aureus and the fungal strains of Aspergillus niger, Penicillium chrysogenum. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans. The results have shown that methanol extract showed very good strong antibacterial activity against Salmonella typhi and excellent antifungal activity against all the test fungal strains as it showed more inhibition zone than the standard drug ketoconazole.
Desmodium heterocarpon, antibacterial activity, antifungal activity.