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The Eschericia coli Growth Inhibition Activity of Some Fermented Medicinal Plant Leaf Extract from the Karo Highland, North Sumatra


Journal: Biodiversitas
ISSN 1412-033X

Volume: 10;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 206;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: medicinal plant | anti-bacteria | Escherichia coli | fermentation | Acetobacter xylinum | Saccharomyces cerevisiae

A lot of traditional medicinal plant has antibacterial acitivities. Most of these plants are freshly chewed or grounded and used directly to treat infectious bacterial deseases. However, some practices employ a traditionally spontaneous fermentation on boiled extracted leaf, root or other parts of the plant. This work reports a laboratory stimulated spontaneous fermentation of leaf extracts from selected medicinal plants collected from the Karo Higland. The spontaenous fermentation was stimulated to be carried out by the Acetobacter xylinum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The anti-infectious agent activity was assayed on the Eschericia coli growth inhibition. A complementary non fermented leaf extract was also made and assayed as a comparative measure. Indeed, the fermented leaf extract of bitter bush (Eupatorium pallescens), cacao (Theobroma cacao), avocado (Persia gratissima), passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), cassava (Cassava utillissima), diamond flower (Hedyotis corymbosa), periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), and gandarusa (Justicia gendarussa) have relatively higher anti-E.coli acitivity than those of non fermented ones. However, there were no anti-E.coli activity was detected in both fermented and non fermented leaf extract of the guava (Psidium guajava) and common betel (Piper nigrum).
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