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Pyrex Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

November 2014 Vol. 1(1), pp. 008-012

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Antimicrobial Effect of Mangifera Indica Woodash on Bacterial Isolates From Human Skin


*1PIPI O. G and 2OMODAMIRO O.D

*1 Department of Zoology & Environmental Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
2 Department of Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

Corresponding Author E-mail: poggystone@yahoo.co.uk

Accepted 16th November, 2014.



Abstract


There is a concerted and continued search for interesting and novel biologically active compounds found in nature that could be used against pathogenic microorganisms. Ethanol extracts of Mangifera indica woodash were investigated for in-vitro antibacterial activity against isolated skin bacteria, namely Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli and Streptococcus spp. The agar well diffusion method was used to assay for the antibacterial properties of the woodash extracts. Data obtained from the susceptibility tests showed that the woodash extracts of Mangifera indica at different concentrations inhibited the growth of all test organisms showing varying zones of inhibition. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the ethanol woodash extract were determined against these microorganisms using tube dilution. All test woodash extract of Mangifera indica exhibited a maximum MBC value of 7.0 mg/mL and MIC value of 13.0 mg/mL.

Keywords: Mangifera indica woodash, Inhibitory effect, plant nanomaterials, ethanol extracts.

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