Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2008, Volume: 1, Issue: 6, Pages: 1-5
V. Gangadevi, S. Yogeswari, S. Kamalraj1 , G. Rani and J. Muthumary1
Department of Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology, S.D.N.B. Vaishnav College for Women, Chrompet, Chennai–600 044. India.
1Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai–600 025
The antibacterial activity of Acalypha indica was investigated against three strains of human pathogenic bacteria viz., Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae using ethylacetate, hexane and methanol extracts of leaves, stem and roots of Acalypha indica. The ethylacetate extracts of leaves and roots inhibited the growth of all the three selected bacterial species. The in vitro assay may open way for complementary future investigations in identifying potentially useful properties of chemical and pharmacological importance.
Keywords: Acalypha indica, antimicrobial activity, human pathogenic bacteria, medicinal plant
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