ANTIBACTERIAL, NEMATICIDAL AND NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF TREE BEAN, PARKIA ROXBEIRGTHI (G. DON)TH. PREMILA DEVI, I. SHAKUNTALA, GITANJALI DEVP,NONGLAIT L.B. SINGHA, A. PATTANAYAK AND H. RAHAMAN
Tree bean Parkia roxburghii, (G. Don) is a very important multipurpose tree species distributed in the northeastern hill region of India. Its inflorescence, fruit, tender leaf and pod are edible and highly valued in this region. Pods, outer skin of pod and seed have been used as a traditional medicine since time immemorial. During this study it was found that the aqueous extracts of seed, outer skin of pod and leaf are highly effective against some human pathogenic bacteria and parasitic nematodes. Seed and leaf extract was found to be highly effective against rice-knot root nematode. Seed was found to be highly nutritious with high protein and oil content. Leaf was found to be a good source of Vitamin C and calcium.
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