Science Journal of Microbiology

June 2014, Volume 2014, ISSN: 2276-626X

Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Antimicrobial activity of the seed crude extracts of Triumfettarhomboidea (Tiliaceae)

Evis K. Mokaya1,Josiah O. Omolo1, Regina K. Mayaka1,Alice W. Njue1,John O. Adongo1 and Joseph Matofari2

1Chemistry Department, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536, 20115-Egerton, Kenya.
2DAFTEC Department, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536, 20115-Egerton, Kenya.

Accepted 28 May, 2014; Available Online 3 June, 2014

doi: 10.7237/sjmb/249


Hexane, dichloromethane and methanol extracts of the seeds of Triumfettarhomboideawere assayed for their invitro antimicrobial properties against four bacterial species:S. typhimurium, E. coli, B. subtilis, B. cereusand one yeast species- C. albicans, using agar disk-diffusion method. All the three extracts exhibited varying degrees of antimicrobial activities, with the dichloromethane extract showing activity against all the microbes tested. This study shows that T. rhomboidea, which is currently used as traditionalmedicine in certain parts of the world,is a potential source of antimicrobial compounds.

Keyword:Triumfettarhomboidea,antimicrobial activity, medicinal plant.