ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OF ROOT AND SHOOT EXTRACTS OF ACHYRANTHES ASPERA L.
Mohinder Kaur* and Sheetal Rana
Department of Basic Sciences, Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (Himachal Pradesh), India 173 230
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Received: 29-05-2015 Accepted: 23-07-2015
Hydrophobic and hydrophilic extracts of Achyranthes aspera L. showed significant antibacterial and antifungal activities against tested microorganisms. Chloroform and methanol extracts of roots and shoots of Achyranthes aspera L. showed significant antibacterial activity against Klebsiella sp. while petroleum ether extract of roots showed the activity against B. substilis only. Antifungal activity of roots was found in extracts with petroleum ether, chloroform and methanol against Fusarium sp. only. Methanol and Aqueous extracts of shoots were also antifungal in nature against Heterobaridoin annosum and Fusarium sp. Aqueous extracts of shoots showed weak antifungal effect against Pencillium, Phytophothora and Sclerotium sp. The present study justifies the claimed uses of A. aspera in the traditional system of medicine to treat various infectious diseases.
Keywords: Antimicrobial, Achyranthes aspera, microorganisms, infectious diseases