ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITY OF SOME SELECTED PLANT EXTRACTS, NIGERIAM.V. AGAH, E. NWEZE, O. NWORIE AND C. D. NWANI
The antifungal activity of the aqueous extracts of Allium sativum, methanolic and ethanolic extracts of Carica papaya and Vernonia amygdalina dried leaves against pure culture of Exophiala dermatitidis, Candida albican and Cryptococcus neoformans were studied. The growth of the organisms as determined by the agar well diffusion method, were inhibited by the aqueous extracts of the Allium sativum, The methanolic and ethanolic and aqueous extracts of Carica papaya and Vernonia amygdalina, how- ever, did not elicit visible inhibitory activity against the three test organisms. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the aqueous extracts of Allium sativum on the organisms is 0.5 gm/L. This result suggests that aqueous extracts of Allium sativum may contain ingredients with therapeutic activity
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