Antimicrobial activity of the essential oils of umbelliferae family part iv. ferula narthex ferula ovina and ferula oopoda

Syed, M.; Hanif, M.; Chaudhary, F.M.; Bhatty, M.K.

Pakistan Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 30(1): 19-23


ISSN/ISBN: 0030-9885
Accession: 004767478

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The essential oils of Ferula narthex, F. ovina and F. oopoda were tested in liquid media against the standard cultures of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Shigella dysenteriae and Vibrio cholerae. The optical density taken as an index of growth was measured spectrophotometrically at 530 nm. All oils showed more or less good inhibitory activity, which was, however, different from each other and cannot be referred to as genera related. The oils of F. narthex and F. ovina were more active against Staphs. aureus, while the growth of the pathogens of dysentery and cholera was inhibited more by the F. oopoda oil.