ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

S.N. Suresh and N. Nagarajan
*PG & Research Department of Biotechnology, PG and Research Department of Botany
Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore – 29, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2011;5(2):1003-1006
© The Author(s). 2011
Received: 04/02/2011 | Accepted: 12/03/2011| Published: 31/10/2011

The medicinal plant Swertia beddomei (Hook. f) of Gentianaceae was analyzed for phytochemical and antimicrobial properties. The methanolic leaf extract showed the presence of compounds such as flavonoids, saponins, phytosterols, phenols, glycosides, steroids and thiols and absence of alkaloids. The antimicrobial activity of methanolic leaf extract was tested against five bacterial and five fungal human pathogenic microbes. The antimicrobial activity showed response to all the microbial pathogens, the activity against bacterial pathogens is comparatively high than the fungal pathogens.


Antimicrobial activity, Swertia beddomei, Bacterial pathogens

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