The antibacterial properties of the three seagrasses namely Cymodocea serrulata, Halophila ovalis and Zostera capensis were tested against the human pathogens Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, B. subtilis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella paratyphi, Salmonella typhimurium and Micrococcus luteus, using six different solvents namely, petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, acetone, methanol and water. Ethyl acetate and methanol extracts showed maximum activity against most of the pathogens when compared to other solvents. Experiments are underway to isolate active compound(s) implicated in controlling the growth of the pathogens in vitro.
- Antibacterial activity
- Human pathogens
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology