Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. Special Edition Nov. 2014

Identification and Antibacterial Activity of Phenolic Compounds in Crude Extracts of Piper sarmentosum (Kadok)

Sharifah Farhana Syed Ab Rahman*, Kamaruzaman Sijam and Dzolkhifli Omar

Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Received on 10 September 2014 and accepted on 26 October 2014



Piper sarmentosum L., locally known as Kadok, is a tropical plant that grows in the wild and in cultivation in Southeast Asia. The plant is known for its medicinal properties and variety of active chemical constituents. The antibacterial capacity of methanolic leaf extracts (25, 50, 100, and 200 mg/mL) of P. sarmentosum and of phenolic standards was screened against gram-negative bacteria Pseudomonas fuscovaginae and Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, two major pathogens of rice (Oryza sativa L.), by agar-well diffusion and disc-diffusion assays, and compared with that of streptomycin sulfate (30 µg/ml). The inhibition zones for the extracts ranged from 9.0 to 19.33 mm; the minimum inhibitory concentration for both P. fuscovaginae and X. oryzae was 12.5 mg/mL and the minimum bactericidal concentrations were 25.0 and 12.5 mg/mL, respectively. Four phenolic compounds (gallic acid, tannic acid, quercetin, and naringin) were identified and quantified by reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography diode-array detection (HPLC-DAD). Antibacterial assays indicated that these four compounds were potential natural antimicrobial agents against P. fuscovaginae and X. oryzae. The results presented here suggest that leaf extract of P. sarmentosum has strong potential to serve as a novel bactericide for disease suppression in crop plants.

Keywords : Leaf extract; P. fuscovaginae; X. oryzae pv. oryzae; agar well diffusion assay; phenolic compounds; minimal inhibition concentration.