African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5230

Full Length Research Paper

Antimicrobial activity of pomegranate rind peel extracts

  Hany M. Yehia1*, Manal F. Elkhadragy2 and Ahmed E. Abdel Moneim2
  1Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, Al-Riyadh, KSA, Saudi Arabia. 2Department of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Egypt.
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  •  Accepted: 19 September 2011
  •  Published: 16 October 2011

Abstract

 

The pomegranate, Punica granatum L., is an ancient, mystical, unique fruit borne on a small, long-living tree cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region. Pomegranate is used in several systems of medicine for a variety of ailments. The synergistic action of the pomegranate constituents appears to be superior to that of single constituents. P. garantum, have been reported to have antimicrobial activity against a range of Gram positive and negative bacteria. Pomegranate formulations containing ferrous salts have enhanced although on short-term. The aim of this experiment is to determine the antimicrobial activities of combinations of pomegranate rind extract with range of metal salts with the addition of vitamin C. Phytochemical analyses was made to determine the active inhibitors in rind extract, including phenolics and flavonoids.

 

Key words: Antimicrobial activity, pomegranate rind extract, phenolics, flavonoids.