A study of the antibacterial activities of selected Australian medicinal plants

T Smyth, V Ramachandran, P Brooks, Franklin Smyth

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    The antibacterial activities of twenty six extracts from ten selected plants used in traditional Australian Aboriginal medicines have been investigated. The extracts were tested for growth inhibition of broth cultures of four gram-positive bacteria (S. Aureus, MRSA, B. subtilis and M. luteus), two gram-negative bacteria (S. typhimurium and E. coli) and yeast (C. albicans). Twenty three of the extracts displayed antibacterial activities against one or more bacterial strain. The majority of the extracts showed greater activity against gram-positive bacteria. In particular, the extracts of the fruit and bark of Petalostigma pubescens and the extract of the bark of Euodia vitiflora displayed bioactivity against all ofthe tested organisms. Traditional Australian medicinal plant extracts were shown to have antibacterial activity against mutli-drug resistant MRSA bacteria.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages082-086
    JournalJournal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
    VolumeVol. 1
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

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    Gram-Positive Bacteria
    Medicinal Plants
    Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    Evodia
    Plant Extracts
    Gram-Negative Bacteria
    Fruit
    Yeasts
    Escherichia coli
    Bacteria
    Growth
    Pharmaceutical Preparations

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    Smyth, T., Ramachandran, V., Brooks, P., & Smyth, F. (2009). A study of the antibacterial activities of selected Australian medicinal plants. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, Vol. 1(6), 082-086.
    Smyth, T ; Ramachandran, V ; Brooks, P ; Smyth, Franklin. / A study of the antibacterial activities of selected Australian medicinal plants. In: Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. 2009 ; Vol. Vol. 1, No. 6. pp. 082-086.
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    Smyth, T, Ramachandran, V, Brooks, P & Smyth, F 2009, 'A study of the antibacterial activities of selected Australian medicinal plants', Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, vol. Vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 082-086.

    A study of the antibacterial activities of selected Australian medicinal plants. / Smyth, T; Ramachandran, V; Brooks, P; Smyth, Franklin.

    In: Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, Vol. Vol. 1, No. 6, 01.12.2009, p. 082-086.

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