Screening seeds of Scottish plants for antibacterial activity

Y. Kumarasamy, P. J. Cox, Marcel Jaspars, L. Nahar, S. D. Sarker

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Based on ethnopharmacological and taxonomic information, seeds of 21 Scottish plant species from 14 different families were obtained from authentic seed suppliers. Their n-hexane, dichloromethane and methanol extracts were assessed for antibacterial activity against 11 pathogenic bacterial species. Methanol extracts of 11 plant species showed significant antibacterial activity. Malva moschata and Prunus padus were active against five bacterial species, Reseda lutea against four, Centaurium erythraea and Crithmum maritimum against three, Calluna vulgaris against two, and Armeria maritima, Centaurea scabiosa, Daucus carota, Rosa canina and Stellaria holostea against one bacterial species. C erythraea and P. padus were also active against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Scottish plants
  • antibacterial activity
  • checkerboard assay


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