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Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 1203–1208 | Cite as

In vitro assessment of antimicrobial activity of aqueous and alcoholic extracts of moss Atrichum undulatum (Hedw.) P. Beauv.

  • Kamakshi SaxenaEmail author
  • Uma Yadav
Research Article

Abstract

Bryophytes, the shade loving plants, have tremendous medicinal properties. The aqueous and alcoholic extracts of Atrichum undulatum (Hedw.) P. Beauv. were analysed for antimicrobial properties against the fungi Aspergillus fumigatus and Fusarium oxysporum and the bacteria Escherichia coli, Bacillus mycoides, Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella typhi. The study is an attempt to investigate the medicinal properties of Atrichum undulatum (Hedw.) P. Beauv. using disc-diffusion method. No inhibition was observed against A. fumigatus and P. mirabilis. For bacteria S. typhi and E. coli (20 and 15 mm), aqueous and alcoholic extracts of Atrichum showed significant inhibition. However, alcoholic extract was found remarkably effective against bacteria rather than aqueous extract.

Keywords

Atrichum undulatum Moss Antimicrobial properties Aqueous Alcoholic extract 

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© Prof. H.S. Srivastava Foundation for Science and Society 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied SciencesSRM Institute of Science and TechnologyModinagarIndia
  2. 2.Bareilly CollegeBareillyIndia

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