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Antifungal activity of some medicinal plants of Sri Lanka

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B. M. R. Bandara ,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry
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I. H. S. Fernando,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry
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C. M. Hewage,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry
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V. Karunaratne,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry
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N. K. B. Adikaram,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Botany
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D. S. A. Wijesundara

Botanic gardens, Hakgala, LK
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Abstract

Thirty six medicinal plants (63 extracts) have been screened for antifungal activity against Cladosporium cladosporioides. Extracts of the following plants have displayed significant antifungal activity: Butea monosperma, Costus speclosus, Curcuma zedoaria, Eupatorium riparium, Pleiospennium alatum. Theobroma cacao and Zingiber zerumbet. A preformed antifungal constituent of C. speciosus has been identified as methyl 3-(4-hydroxypheny1)-2 (E)-propenoate (1). The andfungal activity of this compound has been evaluated against Aspergillus niger, G. cladosporioides, Collerotrichum gloeosporioides, Curvularia sp. and Penicillium sp.
How to Cite: Bandara, B.M.R., Fernando, I.H.S., Hewage, C.M., Karunaratne, V., Adikaram, N.K.B. and Wijesundara, D.S.A., 1989. Antifungal activity of some medicinal plants of Sri Lanka. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 17(1), pp.1–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v17i1.8236
Published on 27 Jun 1989.
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