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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 160-165

Emergence of Mesua ferrea Linn. leaf extract as a potent bactericide

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi - 835 215
2 Division of Microbiology, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata - 700 032, West Bengal
3 Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mayurbhanj, Jharpokaria - 757 087, Orissa

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Rupa Mazumder
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi - 835 215

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The methanolic extract of leaves of Mesua ferrea  Linn. were tested for its antibacterial potentiality against 103 various strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus spps. Klebsiella spps., Streptococus pneumoniae, Sarcina lutea, Lactobacilus arabinosus, Escherichia coli, shigellae, salmonellae, Proteus spps., Pseudomonas spps. and the vibrios. Significant antibacterial effects were produced by the extract against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus sppa., lactobacilli, Escherichia coli, shigellae and salmonellae and the results were compared with standard antibiotic ciprofloxacin. Further the extract was proved to be bacterial in its action.

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