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Antimicrobial and antifungal activity of Cucumis melo l. (cucurbitaceae) and Pergularia daemia frosk. (asclpiadaceae) an ethnomedicinal plants.

Hemantkumar A. Thakur


In the present study the aqueous, heptane, petroleum ether and acetone extract of the whole plant of Cucumis melo L. (Cucurbitaceae), Pergularia daemia Frosk. (Asclepiadaceae) was screened for the antibacterial and antifungal activity. The crude extract was screened for activity against bacterial strains like E. coli, K. pneumoniae, S. paratyphi, S. aureus and a fungal strain C. albicans. Highest zone of inhibition was shown by whole plant and fruit extract of Cucumis melo L. with aqueous and acetone with C. albicans and E. coli 08 and 12 mm respectively. Very poor response was observed with acetone and aqueous extract in other bacterial and fungal stains. Highest zone of inhibition was shown by whole extract of Pergularia daemia with heptane with E. coli, and C. albicans, 16 and 21 mm respectively. Very poor response was observed with Petroleum ether extract in other bacterial and fungal stains


Antimicrobial activity; Cucumis melo L.; Pergularia daemia Frosk. E. coli; K. pneumoniae; S. paratyphi; S. aureus; C. albican

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