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Biomed Sci Eng
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Antibacterial Activity of Borassus Flabellifer

G Veda Priya1*, T Mallikarjuna Rao2 and B Ganga Rao1

1AU College of Pharmaceutical Science, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2MICGENE lab, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
*Corresponding author: Veda Priya, Gummadi, Research Scholar, A.U College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India-530 003, Tel: +91 8106572834; E-mail:
Received: 05 December, 2016 | Accepted: 15 December, 2016 | Published: 16 December, 2016
Keywords: Borassus Flabellifer; Roots and Antimicrobial activity

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Priya GV, Mallikarjuna Rao T, Ganga Rao B (2016) Antibacterial Activity of Borassus Flabellifer. Biomed Sci Eng 1(1): 003-005. DOI: 10.17352/abse.000006

Background: The present study was carried out to evaluate the antibacterial properties of different extracts of Borassus Flabellifer belonging to the family Arecaceae, which has been using to treat different illnesses.

Methods: The root part was selected for the antibacterial activity and different extracts were prepared using soxhlet extraction procedure using different solvents successively and those were tested for their antibacterial property using agar well diffusion method at different concentration on standard human pathogenic bacterial strains. The zones of inhibitions for tested extracts were measured for each concentration on each bacterial strain tested in millimeter (mm) and showed zone of inhibitions were compared with the standard drug, ciprofloxacin.

Results: The chloroform extract showed less activity compared to ethyl acetate and methanol extracts at low concentrations, but as the concentration increases the bactericidal activity was increased. The extracts showed more activity at 40mg/100µL. Among all extracts methanol extract showed more, but compared to ciprofloxacin the results on tested bacterial strains are not excellent. The extracts also showed more activity on gram negative bacterial strains. The extracts showed more activity on S. typhimurium and S. pneumoniae and lower activity on S. aureus and E. coli.

Conclusion: The results of the present study provides the evidence on antibacterial property of selected medicinal plant if they use in higher concentrations and there is a scope to further studies on isolation of antimicrobial compounds from this species.


The microorganisms are becoming resistant to the present day using drugs due to different reasons [1]. This increase in resistance to the drugs automatically increases the use of antibiotics in adequate manner and leads to development of multi-drug resistant microorganisms including bacteria and also finally leads to increase the untreatable diseases [2]. So, there is a need to identify and develop the new antimicrobial agents with broad activity. Plants are the main sources to the humans since olden days for treating different diseases [3]. As the science and technology developing, isolation of pure molecules/compounds was increased from crude drugs of medicinal plants and have been using as antibiotics, but as above said present day drugs became less susceptible to microorganisms [4]. Now, there is an immediate action have to take in the isolation of new anti microbial compounds from unnoticed medicinal plants or known medicinal plants with use of technology. In this point of view, the present study was aimed to identify the antibacterial activity of Borassus Flabellifer.

B. flabellifer is commonly known as dumb plam native to Indian sub-subcontinent belongs to the family Arecaceae [5]. Different parts of this plants have been using since ancient times for different purposes including medicinally [6]. But, there very less scientific evidences present on their biological activities of different parts of this plant. So, we selected the roots part of the B. flabellifer for evaluation of antimicrobial activity on different human pathogenic bacterial strains.

Materials and Methods

Chemicals and drugs

The chemicals used in the present study were analytical grade from Merk. The standard drug ciprofloxacin was purchased from Apollo pharmacy (Made Dr. Reddy’s).

Collection of plant materials and preparation of extracts

The plant materials Borassus Flabellifer was collected at near Bheemili region, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and authenticated by the taxonomist Dr. M. Venkaiah, Depart of Botany, Andhra University. Freshly collected plant root materials were dried under shade and the dried material was milled to obtain a powder. The powdered material was separately extracted with different solvents like with ethyl acetate, chloroform and methanol successively using Soxhlet apparatus. Finally the collected solutions were concentrated to dryness under vacuum by using Rota-vapor to get the dry extract and stored in desiccators.

Test organisms

The bacterial species were collected from National collection of industrial microorganisms (NCIM), National chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. The Bacterial species were maintained in the nutrient broth medium on placing shaker in separate culture tubes for each species separately. Out of eight, four are Gram positive organisms Clostridium sporogenes (NCIM 5125), Listeria monocytogenes (NCIM 5260), Staphylococcus aureus (NCIM 2127), Streptococcus pneumoniae (NCIM 5281) and four are Gram Negative Escherichia coli (NCIM 2931), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (NCIM 5029), Yersinia enterocolitica (NCIM 5263), and Salmonella typhimurium (NCIM 2501).

Antibacterial activity

The selected plants extracts were tested for their antibacterial activity on different pathogenic bacterial strains using agar well diffusion method [7, 8]. The concentrations of extracts were prepared as 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg/ml in Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), finally added 100µl to each well in dried agar plate. The method briefly is, nutrient agar media was prepared and sterilized using autoclave. After sterilization cooled to room temperature and agar nutrient medium separated equally as per requirements and each part was inoculated with 200µL of testing bacterial strains in aseptic conditions. After inoculation the agar nutrient medium was transferred to 6” Petri-dishes allowed to solidification. After solidification wells/cups were made with sterile borer (5mm). Then, wells/cups were filled with the standard drug (100µg/100µL), different concentration of extracts and extract vehicle/control (DMSO) and allowed the samples to diffusion into the medium for 30min without disturbing the plates. After diffusion plates were incubated for 24hrs at 37±2°C. After 24hrs the plates were examined for extracts’ antibacterial activity by measuring the zone of inhibitions (in millimeter (mm)) around the wells/cups. The experiments were done thrice and results were expressed in mean ± S.E.M.

Results and Discussion

The tested extracts showed different zones of inhibitions of different bacterial strains, it conforms that B. flabellifer have antibacterial activity property. The results of the present study was showed in Table 1, zones of inhibitions were measured for each concentrations on each bacterial strain in mm. The low concentrations 5 mg/100µl and 10mg/100µl did not show any inhibition on tested bacterial strains but, at more concentration 20mg/100µl and 40mg/100µl inhibited the bacterial growth. All concentrations of extracts showed minimum zone of inhibition is 6mm. The ethyl acetate extract at low concentration (5mg) showed no activity on L. m, S. p, E. c, P. a and Y. e but as the concentration increases the extract showed the activity and it was showed more activity on C. s and S. t. The chloroform extract showed less activity compared to ethyl acetate and methanol extracts and it did not showed any zone of inhibition on L. m and showed more activity on P. a. The methanol extract did not showed inhibition on bacterial growth at 5mg/100µl and it showed more inhibition activity on S. t at 400mg/100µl.

Three extracts of selected plant showed more antibacterial activity at high concentrations and compared with the standard drug ciprofloxacin, the extracts showed the less inhibition of the bacterial growth. There were some evidences about the traditional uses about the B. flabellifer and now the present study supports its medicinal importance.

Now a day, the microorganisms are becoming resistance to current using antibiotics because of different reasons like excess usage, environmental changes, habitual changes etc [9,10]. In this situation it is very difficult to control or treat the diseases causes due to the microorganisms [11]. To control the growth of microorganism the researchers inventing new drugs from different sources like natural and synthesis [12-15]. The results of the present study could be important for the researchers working on isolation of natural compounds from medicinal plants and there were earlier reports about antimicrobial properties of different medicinal plants. Natural sources is mainly from medicinal plants, recently around the world many scientists are reporting the different recognizing the medicinal plants’ antimicrobial activity and isolation the pure compounds from their extracts [15]. In this point of view, we carried out the present work and successfully reporting the antibacterial activity of B. flabellifer at more than 10mg/100µl concentration.


The present study provides the evidence for its traditional medicinal usage and its antimicrobial activity promote the research on phytochemical analysis and isolation of lead molecules present in it.

The authors are thankful to authorities of AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University for providing the necessary facilities and RGNF fellowship, UGC for their financial support to complete the present work.

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