Oommen P Saj *, Remya M.R
Dept. of Botany University College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
*E-mail : [email protected]
The present study is concentrated on anthelmintic and antimicrobial studies of Mikania scandens (L.)Willd. belongs to the family Asteraceae. Adult earthworms (Pheretima posthuma) were used to evaluate anthelmintic activity. The non-polar solvents showed most significant activity than the polar on. Antibacterial activity of plant extracts were checked against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli). The essential oil showed better antimicrobial activity than the leaf extracts and the standard Ampicillin in the case of Staphylococcus aureus. The methanol extracts was more effective as an antifungal agent than the hexane extract. On the otherhand , the essential oil was a very promising antifungal agent than the polar and non polar leaf extracts.
Key words : Pheretima posthuma, anthelmintic activity, Asteraceae, anthelmintic, Ampicillin