Event Title

Investigating Phytobiotics from Medicinal Plants as Antibiotic Alternatives

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Anil Waghe

Abstract

A pressing issue in modern society is the rising epidemic of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections that arise from the use and overuse of antibiotics as a treatment for bacterial infections. According to the CDC (2018), “each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.” A promising solution to effectively fight the rise in bacterial resistant microbes and the financial toll of antibiotics is to use natural sources such as plants. The purpose of this research is to investigate antibacterial properties found in medicinal plants as more economical and effective alternative. In this study, active medicinal compounds were extracted with polar and nonpolar solvents using Soxhlet extractor. The extracted samples were tested for their antibacterial properties against Bacillus Cereus using Agar plates. Results revealed the area of inhibition around filter paper samples which indicated the inhibition of bacterial growth. Though all tested samples supported the hypothesis, most significant areas of inhibition were found in the samples of Lemon grass and Basil extracts. Thus, concluding that phytobiotics can be an effective alternative in preventing bacterial growth.

Start Date

12-4-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

12-4-2019 2:00 PM

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Investigating Phytobiotics from Medicinal Plants as Antibiotic Alternatives

A pressing issue in modern society is the rising epidemic of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections that arise from the use and overuse of antibiotics as a treatment for bacterial infections. According to the CDC (2018), “each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.” A promising solution to effectively fight the rise in bacterial resistant microbes and the financial toll of antibiotics is to use natural sources such as plants. The purpose of this research is to investigate antibacterial properties found in medicinal plants as more economical and effective alternative. In this study, active medicinal compounds were extracted with polar and nonpolar solvents using Soxhlet extractor. The extracted samples were tested for their antibacterial properties against Bacillus Cereus using Agar plates. Results revealed the area of inhibition around filter paper samples which indicated the inhibition of bacterial growth. Though all tested samples supported the hypothesis, most significant areas of inhibition were found in the samples of Lemon grass and Basil extracts. Thus, concluding that phytobiotics can be an effective alternative in preventing bacterial growth.