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J Ethnopharmacol. 1987 Nov;21(2):139-52.

Antimicrobial activity of selected plants employed in the Spanish Mediterranean area.

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  • 1Departamento de Farmacognosia y Farmacodinamia, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia, Spain.


Eighty-one plants from the Spanish Mediterranean area employed as antimicrobial agents in folk medicine have been identified. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of chloroform and methanol extracts of the plants were studied using the agar dilution method against six selected microorganisms. Thirty extracts had activity against some of the microorganisms tested. Bioautography showed that the antimicrobial activity is probably due to flavonoids, terpenoids and phenolic acids.

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