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ANTIFUNGAL EVALUATION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS TO CONTROL THE GROWTH OF MOULD FUNGI ON BUILDING MATERIAL

Mamta Chauhan* Padma Singh

Journal Title:World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Abstract


To control the growth of building biodeteriorating fungi require the use of botanical fungicides which can be derived from medicinal plants instead of chemical fungicides. These chemical fungicides are mainly compound of copper, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. The present study was designed to evaluate the antifungal activity of plant extracts of Emblica officinalis and Tagetes erecta against Aspergillus flavus and Penicillium chrysogenum isolated from various sites of buildings in Haridwar. The antifungal activity was assayed by passion food method. In case of T. erecta methanol (extract) showed maximum activity comparatively ethanol extract of T. erecta whereas ethanol extract of E. officinalis showed highest activity in comparison of methanol. Essential oil of E. officinalis gave best activity then essential oil of T. erecta against A. flavus and P. chrysogenum. Maximum dry mycelium weight of A. flavus and P. chrysogenum was recorded after 20 and 25 days respectively at incubation of 28C.

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