Determination of Antimicrobial and Antidiabetic Activities of Arenga Pinnata Merr.

Author

Noor Azrin A.R., Rozlianah Fitri S., Siti Sarayati A.M., Diana I., Mohamad Hafiz A.T. and Julenah Ag. N.
Faculty of Applied Sciences. Universiti Teknologi MARA (U1TM) Sabah, Locked Bag 71,
88997 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 012-6787945 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language

English

Title

Determination of Antimicrobial and Antidiabetic Activities of Arenga Pinnata Merr.

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)

Date

3rd August - 4th August (2010)

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)

Abstract

Arenga pinnata Merr. is a feather palm native to tropical Asia commonly known as sugar palm. arenga palm, areng palm, gomuti palm, aren, irok or kaong. Arenga pinnata is very much sought after for its sweet sap or gula aren - a local delicacy of the people in Asia. The microbial load analysis indicated higher microbial content in sap harvested by rubbing the stalk than without. Similarly the jerricans washed using river water showed mixed bacterial growth when compared to treated water washed jerrican. Anti-diabetic assay conducted using a-amylase and a-glucosidase showed positive inhibition by the A. pinnata sap. The sap, syrup and powder, however, did not inhibit bacterial growth.

Keywords

Arenga pinnata; gula aren; harvesting technique; anti-diabetic

Session

Poster Abstracts: P15

Topic

Harnessing the Tropical heritage: Recent Advances in R&D and commercialization