ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF ROOTS OF CAPPARIS SPINOSA
Mohammed Meeran Mohiuudin*, Anas Rasheed and Iffath Fathima
This present was an attempt to study the antibacterial activity of roots of the plant Capparis spinosa the extracts of the roots were obtained by successive extraction with solvents according to increasing polarity. These extracts were subjected to photochemical screening and tests for antibacterial activity. Disc diffusion method was chosen to elucidate the antibacterial activity of the extracts, using penicillin as a reference standard. The activity was tested on Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa variety of bacteria. All the extracts except the aqueous extract were found to have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa cultures, among which the petroleum ether extract was seen to have maximum activity.
Keywords: Capparis spinose, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
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