Antifungal Activity of Some Medicinal Plants


Ahmad-Raus R., Jamal P., Erlina A. and Addnan N.H.
Department of Biotechnology Engineerin, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic
University of Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur
TeI. 03-6 1964588
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Antifungal Activity of Some Medicinal Plants


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)


3rd August - 4th August (2010)

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)


Natural products have long been providing important drugs for infectious diseases including fungal infections that are known to be the main cause of death in immuno-compromised patients. Plants are known to produce a lot of secondary metabolites which are recognized as a useful source of new drugs. In this study, the extraction of seven potential medicinal plants for antifungal compounds in four different solvents (distilled water, methanol, ethyl acetate and hexane) was carried out. The extraction parameters were set at 300 rpm agitation for 10 h at room temperature. Agar disc diffusion method against Aspergillus nige, A. fumigatus and Fusarium solani was adopted for the determination of antifungal activity. The plants studied were Vallaris glabra Kuntze (‘kesidang’), Mussaenda philippice A. Rich. (bunga janda kaya kuning’), Clerodendrum paniculatum L. (‘pokok pagoda’), Artocarpus elasticus Reinw. ex Blume (‘pokok terap’). Alpinia galanga Willd. (‘lengkuas’), Cassia alata L. (‘gelenggang besar’) and Curcuma longa L. (kunyit’). Only methanol, ethyl acetate and hexane extracts of A. galanga showed inhibition of growth against all tested organisms. All the other plants did not exhibit antifungal activity. The methanol extract of A. galanga (MIC value = 1.25 mg/ml) showed the highest antifungal activity compared to the other two types of extract. This study suggested that A. galanga could be considered as a potential plant for further studies.


Antifungal; medicinal plants; solvent extracts


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