SCREENING OF SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITY FROM UDGIR INDIAR.M. Kadam, R.B. Allapure. R.G. Biradar and B.S. Jadhav
In this study an attempt was made to evaluate antifungal assay of crude extract of some medicinal plants which are very common in our area. The extract tested possess various degree of anitifungal activity. Medicinal plants exhibit antifungal activity since they contain innumerable biological active (compound) chemical constituents. Plants selected for antifungal assays are commonly present.These plants include Lantana indica, Ailanthus excelsa,Annona squamosa. The collected plants were indentified with the help of flora of Madras Presidency. Plants collected were used for the evaluation of antifungal properties. The plants were shade dried and then powdered and crude extract, alcoholic extract were prepared. Seed Mycoflora of Groundnut, Jawar and Tur were isolated by blotter paper method.The fungi associated with seed are Aspergillus, Fusarium, Rhizopus, Pencillium, Altaria, Cladosporium, Curvularia, Cephalosporium etc. The seeds are treated with these plant extracts fo 5, 10 & I 5 min., the seeds treated the Lantana indica inhibit the growth of many dominant fungi like Fusarium,Altemuria, Cladosporium, Curvy/aria etc. From this study it is noted that the plant extracts are used as antifungal agents and these plants extracts are not hazardous like Pesticides.
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