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Delahaye-McKenzie, C.M.; Rainford, L.; Nicholson, A.lison M.; Mitchell, Sylvia. A., ; Lindo, John. F.; Ahmad, Mohammed. H.
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Bioactive analysis of crude extracts derived from Callistemon viminalis.
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International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition
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September 14-16, 2010
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Rimini Italy.
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Abstract
Antimicrobial resistance is a major cause of significant morbidity and mortality globally. Ethnomedicine provides avenues for identification of compounds with antomicrobial properties and potential new antibiotics. Callistemon viminalis is an ethnomedicinal plant used in Jamaica to treat intestinal illnesses. Methanol, hexane and aqueous extracts of Callistemon viminalis were tested against eight common bacteria and a single fungus of medical importance using a quantitative agar well diffusion test and tube dilution assay. all plant extracts showed antimicrobial activities against the selected microorganisms; the methanol extracts were most effective. The aqueous extract on the other hand, was very effective as a bactericidal agent against the intestinal pathogens. These results support the ethnomedicinal claim that C. viminalis is an effective treatment for bacterial causes of intestinal illnesses....
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