Antifungal Activities of Methanolic Extracts of Datura inoxia

  • Muhammad Kalim Department of Microbiology Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat Pakistan.
  • Firasat Hussain Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity in Southwest China, Ministry of Education, Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, Kunming, 650091, PR China.
  • Hamid Ali Department of Microbiology Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat Pakistan.
  • Ishaq Ahmad Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity in Southwest China, Ministry of Education, Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, Kunming, 650091, PR China.
  • Muhammad Naeem Iqbal The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China; Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Noor Kot 51770, Pakistan.
Keywords: Drugs, Datura inoxia, antifungal, antimicrobial

Abstract

This study was conducted to investigate antifungal activities of methanol extracts from the leaves, seeds, stems and roots of Datura inoxia. Growth inhibition was determined against five fungal species Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Alternaria solani, Fusarium solani and Helianthus sporium. Methanol extracts showed more activity against fungi, giving percentage inhibition ranging from 18.27% to 85.35% particularly to Fusarium solani and Helianthus sporium. It was concluded that medicinal plants can contribute hugely to the traditional medicines through providing ingredients for drug or having played central roles in the drug discoveries.

Published
2016-09-24
Section
Short Communications