A study on proximate analysis and antimicrobial properties of Bombax ceiba pentandra fruit and spike extracts

Author : Nagamani J E, Avinash M R

Bombax ceiba pentandra belongs to the family Malavaceae, is being largest exploited for its wide therapeutic applications in various tribal communities around the world. Present study investigated the antibacterial study of five solvent extracts of spike and young fruits using aqueous, methanol, ethyl acetate, chloroform, and Hexane against five bacterial species namely Escherichia coli, Bacillus Subtilis, Staphyolococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aerogenosa and Shigella flexnerri. Also Antimycotic study was performed using the five solvent extracts against the fungal cultures namely Candida albicans, Fusarium oxysporum, Cladosporium bantia, Alternaria brassicae, Curvalaria lunata. Among all the solvent extracts, methanol extract of fruit and spike exhibited significant Antibacterial and Antimycotic activity. Presence of higher concentration of Polyphenolic and flavanoid compounds in the methanol extract may be responsible for the effective antimicrobial property.

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