ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF FRUITS OF PRUNUS ARMENIACA (L.)
Prunus armeniaca (L.) is known as apricot. It belongs to family Rosaceae. It is a hard tree bearing stone fruit which is closely related to peach. It is found in Asia, Europe, North America, China, Maharashtra, and Himachal Pradesh.
The present study describes the antimicrobial activity of ethanolic and aqueous extracts of fruits of Prunus armeniaca (L.). These activities were tested against human pathogenic microorganisms using disc diffusion method and zone of inhibition of each active extract was determined. The most effective antibacterial activity was observed in the ethanolic extract of fruits against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. Additionally, the ethanolic extract was effective against Proteus vulgaris and Escherichia coli. Significant activity against Candida albicans was also observed with the ethanolic extract. The ethanolic extract showed more significant antimicrobial activity as compared to aqueous extract.
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