Antibacterial activity of three South Indian seagrasses, Cymodocea serrulata, Halophila ovalis and Zostera capensis

Chinnadurai Sreenath Kumar, Dronamraju V.L. Sarada, Paul Gideon Thomas, Ramasamy Rengasamy

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1989-1992
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2008



  • Antibacterial activity
  • Human pathogens
  • MIC
  • Seagrass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Physiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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