Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3753

Full Length Research Paper

Antimicrobial activities of Sapium sebiferum L. belonging to family Euphorbiaceae

Hassan Javed Chaudhary1*, Asma Zeb1, Asghari Bano1, Fahd Rasul2, M. Farooq Hussain Munis1, Shah Fahad1 and Wajid Naseem1
1Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 2Department of Agronomy, University of Agricultural Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 September 2011
  •  Published: 30 October 2011

Abstract

The in vitro antimicrobial activity of the crude methanolic and ethanolic leaf extract of Sapium sebiferum L. was studied against four gram negative and two gram positive bacteria. The results showed that both the extracts showed antimicrobial activity. Maximum zone of inhibition was observed in the methanolic extract against Escherichia coli which was 29.5 ± 0.50. However, ethanolic extract showed least activity against Staphylococcus aureus. The basis of this plant extract in the traditional treatment of diarrhea in human is highlighted.

 

Key words: Sapium sebiferum, antimicrobial activity, Euphorbiaceae.