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Evaluation of Antifungal Activity of Nine Members of Family Euphorbiaceae of Lahore Region against Aspergillus niger, Rhizopus oryzae & Alternaria solani

*Corresponding author: Kiran Zahid, Department of Botany, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Received: November 14, 2019; Published: November 22, 2019

DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2019.06.001032


Present research was undertaken to analyze the antifungal potential of nine members of family Euphorbiaceae of Lahore region against three pathogenic fungi i.e. Aspergillus niger, Rhizopus oryzae & Alternaria solani. Methanolic Leaf extracts were used for assessing the phytopathogenic activities of all the nine members of Family Euphorbiaceae via well diffusion method. All the plant extracts have showed significant results against two pathogenic fungi at all the four dose ranges (32.12μg/ml, 62.5μg/ml, 125μg/ml, 250μg/ml) used in the experiment while no results were observed against Alternaria solani. Maximum results were observed at 250 μg/ml, zone of inhibition was found in the following order Euphorbia helioscopia> Ricinus communis> Phyllanthus emblica> Croton tiglium> Putranjiva roxburghii> Euphorbia hirta> Jatropha integerrima > Euphorbia prostrata against Aspergillus niger. Among all the plants used only three species of Euphorbia i.e. E. prostrata, E. splendens and E. hirta have showed remarkable results against R. oryza. Hence conclude all the plant extracts have showed dose dependent activity which means maximum activity was observed at the concentration of 250μg/ml at this concentration E. helioscopia possessed excellent activity against Aspergillus niger while maximum activity against Rhizopus oryzae at 250 μg/ml was observed by E. prostrata. Neither of the plants showed any response against Alternaria solani. This research leads to the discovery of plant extracts which could be a potential source in the treatment of multiple disorders associated with fungal strains such as Aspergillus niger and Rhizopus oryzae.

Keywords: Euphorbiaceae; Methanolic Extract; Aspergillus niger; Alternaria solani; Rhizopus oryzae


Medicinal plants are the enrich source of secondary metabolites because they possess various pharmacological properties such as antimicrobial, antifungal, anticancer, antiviral and antioxidant properties [1]. Fungi are the main pathogens which have drastically affected the agricultural industries worldwide and leads to significant economic loss as mycotoxins produced by fungi have reduced nutritive value of crops making them unfit for human consumption [2]. Different strategies like synthetic chemicals, microwave or sonic drying and physical separation have been employed to minimize the loss of food and other agricultural commodities associated with fungal infections [3, 45]. These protocols are found to be effective, but they don’t meet the concerning safety and safeguarding requirements of the treated food [6] .

Euphorbiaceae is one of the largest family of flowering plants consisted of 300 genera and 8,000 species. Plants from this family have been selected for current study because all the plants are the rich source of phytochemicals which allow their use for the treatment of multiple disorders such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, HCV as well as osteoarthritic ailments etc. Different plants like Acalypha indica L, Euphorbia hirta L, Euphorbia thymifolia L, Croton bonplandianumbaill, Jatropha gossypifolia L, Ricinus communis L have already been reported for the treatment of different ailments because all these plants are the rich source of secondary metabolites like alkaloids, flavonoids, steroids, saponin, phenolic compounds, fatty acid, esters, minerals, thereby they have been employed different activities in animals and human beings [7] .

Different Phytochemical rich medicinal plants have been identified for the treatment of fungal infections. Methanolic extract from Lantana camara have showed significant antifungal activities against Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus niger [8] . Similarly, aqueous and organic extracts of Tagetes minuta, Lippia javanica, Amaranthus spinosus and Vigna unguiculata have showed antifungal potential against four pathogenic fungi Fusarium verticillioides, F. proliferatum, Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. Hence conclude all the four plant species act as a potential agrochemical fungicide in near future[9] .

The aim of the current study was done in order to investigate the antifungal activity of nine members of Family Euphorbiaceae against three pathogenic fungal strains i.e. Aspergillus niger , Rhizopus oryzae and Alternaria solani using well diffusion method.

Materials and Methods

Nine plants were selected (Euphorbia prostrata, Euphorbia splendens, Euphorbia hirta, Euphorbia helioscopia, Jatropha integerrima, Ricinus communis, Putranjiva roxburghii and Croton tiglium) and collected from Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Lawrence Garden and Harbanspura, Lahore. Plants were authenticated and deposited in Prem Madan Herbarium LCWU with respective Voucher specimens (E. hirta L. Voucher # 0168, E. prostrata Ait. Voucher # 0113, E. splendens Des Moul. Voucher # 0171, Phyllanthus emblica Voucher # 0393, Putranjiva roxburghii Wall. Voucher # 0394, Ricinus communis Voucher # 0402, Jatropha integerrima Jacq. Voucher 0395, Croton tiglium L. Voucher # 0406, E. helioscopia L. 0176) for future use. The plant material was dried in shade, after drying the plant material was grinded to fine powder form, methanol extraction was carried in Soxhlet apparatus at 50oC and the methanol was evaporated under vacuum with the help of rotary evaporator and all the extract was stored at 4oC.

The culture plates of Aspergilus niger, Rhizopus oryzae and Alternaria solani were obtained from Mycology and Pathology Department of Punjab University, Lahore. Pure culture of each fungal strain was obtained by culturing them on potato dextrose agar media. The media was prepared by dissolving 38g of PDA in 1000ml of distilled water, sterilized it under 121oC at 15 LBS pressure for 15 minutes. The concentration of 250 μg/ml was utilized because it is considered as a nontoxic concentration and double dilutions was prepared from this stock which were utilized so as for the analysis of effect of plant extract against tested fungal strains. Discrete colonies from pure culture of each strain were picked and pre-cultured in 5ml sterile PDA broth, in well labelled test tubes, incubated in a rotary shaker overnight at 25oC. 35ml sterile PDA media was poured in petri plates and allow them to solidify. Agar plates were inoculated with 100μl /0.1ml broth culture of test fungal strains and spread over the surface of semisolid agar medium and shake it (Spread plate method) and kept for solidification. Wells were made with the help of a sterile cork and borer (3mm in diameter) on the agar medium (*well were made according to the size of petridishes (9cm/11inch)) Wells were filled with the 40 μl of different concentration of plant extract while central well was filled with methanol which was kept as control so as to nullify the effect of methanol in the plant extract. The plates were then incubated at 37oC for 4-7 days depend upon the fungal strain. After incubation zone of inhibition were measured in millimeters. Antifungal standard drugs (Ketoconazole, Econazole, Nystatin, Amphotericin, Clotrimazole and Miconazole) were used as positive control. Three replicates for each extract against each of the test fungal strains were taken.

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC)

MIC of all the plant extracts was determined against each of the test microorganisms in triplicate. Two-fold double dilutions of plant extracts from 250μg/ml to 31.2μg/ml were used to determine MIC. The MIC was considered as the lowest concentration of the extract in agar plate showing no visible fungal growth after 4-7days incubation at 37oC.

Statistical Application

Calculate the significance of the result by measuring Mean and Standard deviation. Mean and standard deviation (SD) of the data was determined with the help of SPSS software.

Results and Discussion

Antifungal Activity

The disc diffusion method for antifungal activity showed significant reduction in fungal growth in terms of zone of inhibition around the disc. Among fungal forms tested, Aspergillus niger, Rhizopus oryzae were found to be more sensitive to crude extract. The methanolic extract of Euphorbia hirta, Euphorbia prostrata, Euphorbia helioscopia, Euphorbia splendens, Ricinus communis, Putranjiva roxburghii, Phyllanthus emblica, Croton tiglium, Jatropha integerrima were proved to be effective against Aspergillus niger & Rhizopus oryzae while they do not show any effect towards Alternaria solani. The result showed that E. helioscopia exhibited dose-dependent activity against Aspergillus niger while maximum activity against Rhizopus oryzae at 250 μg/ml was observed by E. prostrata. However, none of the plant extract showed any activity against Alternaria solani (Table 1)).

Antifungal activity of E. prostrata, E. splendens, E. hirta, E. helioscopia, R. communis, J. integerrima, P. roxburghii, P. emblica, C. tiglium were studied against three different fungal strains i.e. A. niger, R. oryza, A. solani. Methanolic extracts of all plants with four concentrations (31.2, 62.5, 125, 250 μg/ml) were used against each of three fungal strains. Methanol was proved to be excellent solvent in extracting phytochemicals and inhibitory substances from plant materials [10, 11]. The zones of inhibition were measured, and MIC was evaluated in this study (Figure 1)(Figure 2).

The methanolic extract of E. helioscopia exhibited good activity against all tested fungal strains. It showed maximum zone of inhibition against A. niger at 125 & 250 μg/ml while moderate zone of inhibition at 31.25 & 62.5 μg/ml against A. niger & R. oryza. The methanolic extract of E. prostrata showed highest antifungal activity against R. oryza (18 and 15mm respectively), while it showed moderate activity against A. niger (9mm and 7mm) and no activity American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research 218 against A. solani. An excellent activity showed by methanolic extract of E. splendens against R. oryza (16- and 14-mm zone of inhibition) as compared to A. niger and A. solani. The concentration of 250 μg/ml of E. hirta inhibited the maximum growth of R. oryza (9 and 12 mm), it showed moderate activity against A. niger while no response was observed against A. solani. The maximum inhibition of the growth of A. niger (13mm) take place by methanolic extract of R. communis and methanolic extract of R. communis causes the minimum inhibition of the R. oryza and show not even a little effect towards A. solani. The methanolic extract of J. integerrima possesses antifungal activity against A. niger as well as R. oryza and poor activity against A. solani. The growth (4-11mm) of all tested fungal strains except A. solani was suppressed by the methanolic extract of P. roxburghii. An excellent antifungal activity showed by methanolic extract of P. emblica against all tested fungal strains except A. solani by increased in the concentration of the plant extract. The methanolic extract showed maximum activity at 125 and 250 μg/ml against A. niger and R. oryza while no activity was observed against A. solani.

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Figure 1: Zone of inhibition of different plant extracts in mm against Aspergillus niger.

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Figure 2: Zone of inhibition of different plant extracts in mm against Rhizopus oryzae.

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Table 1: Statistical Analysis of Antifungal activity by nine members of Family Euphorbiaceae.

The results of the present investigation clearly indicate that all the plants (E. prostrata, E. splendens, E. hirta, E. helioscopia, R. communis, J. integerrima, P. roxburghii, P. emblica and C. tiglium) showed significant antifungal activity against two fungal strains (A. niger & R. oryza) as compared with different commercially available antibiotics like Ketoconazole, Econazole, Nystatin, Amphotericin, Clotrimazole and Miconazole (Table 1). The inhibitory effect of the above plants against pathogenic fungal strains can introduce these plants as a potential product for the development of drug for the treatment of different diseases caused by these pathogenic bacteria.


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