Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3786

Full Length Research Paper

Antimicrobial activity of selected Native American seeds

Venugopal J. Mukku*, Shawn Friedland, Nicole E. Sorlie, Heather S. Donati-Lewis and Brian J. Dingmann
Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston, MN, 56716, United States
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 January 2013
  •  Published: 17 October 2013


Antibacterial activity profiles of 22 seed extracts against five pathogens were evaluated using disc diffusion assay. Helenium flexuosum, Helenium autumnale, Epilobium angustifolium, Epilobium coloratum and Epilobium glandulosum showed activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Shigella flexneri and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The two Helenium species exhibited moderate activity. Bioassay guided chemical examination of H. autumnale and afforded the flavonoids apigenin and luteolin of which luteolin showed weak activity against S. aureus.


Key words: Antibacterial, Helenium autumnale, flavonoid, apigenin, luteolin.