Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.18, Issue 2, 2012; Page No.(319-325)

PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING AND ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY ON RICINUS COMMUNIS L.

V. Mary Kensa

Abstract

The medicinal plants represent an enormous reservoir of potential microbial compounds that could be useful as an alternative to synthetic microbicides and are being used to develop drugs. In the present study, the leaf, stem and root powder extracts of Ricinus communis L. (Euphorbiaceae) were tested against three different bacteria by disc diffusion method. It was found that acetone and hexane extract possess good zone of inhibition where as ethanolic extract having antibacterial activity only on higher concentration.

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