African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4989

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of propolis and nanopropolis against Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans

Houshang Afrouzan1*, Cyrus Amirinia2, Sayed Ahmad Mirhadi3, Alireza Ebadollahi4, Narges Vaseji2 and Golamhosein Tahmasbi1        
1Honey Bee Department, Animal Sciences Research Institute, Karaj- Iran. 2Biotechnology Department, Animal Sciences Research Institute, Karaj- Iran. 3Experimental Labs, Animal Sciences Research Institute, Karaj- Iran. 4Medicinal Plants Department, Imam Khomeini Higher Education Centre, Karaj- Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 22 November 2011
  •  Published: 16 January 2012

Abstract

This study was carried out in order to evaluate the antibacterial and antifungal activity of propolis and nanopropolis, against Staphylocuccus aureus and Candida albicans collected from Ferula ovina (Boiss.) Taleghan, Iran. Agar well diffusion method was employed to determine the antimicrobial activity of propolis and nanopropolis. The nanopropoils was prepared by milling media method. Most of the nanopropolis size was under the 100 nanometers. There were significant differences between propolis and nanopropolis in inhibition of S. aureus and C. albicans (p < 0.001 and p < 0.05), respectively. Findings of this study indicated that natural nanoparticles have the potential to be used efficiently in the control of bacterial and fungal diseases.

 

Key words: Nanopropolis, propolis, antimicrobial, Staphylococcus aureusCandidaalbicans.

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