African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5231

Short Communication

Antimicrobial potential of Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev.

Nurcihan Hacioglu1, Ilgaz Akata2 and Basaran Dulger1*
  1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Arts, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, 17100 Canakkale, Turkey. 2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ankara University, 06100 Ankara, Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 01 March 2011
  •  Published: 18 March 2011



The ethanolic extracts obtained from the macrofungus Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev. (Ascomycetes) have been investigated for their antimicrobial activity. Growth inhibition using agar disc diffusion assays was determined against Escherichia coli ATCC 11230, S. aureus ATCC 6538P, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Proteus vulgaris ATCC 8427, Bacillus cereus ATCC 7064, Micrococcus luteus CCM 169, Candida albicansATCC 10231, Rhodotorula rubra DSM 70403, Geotrichum capitatum ATCC 28576,Debaryomyces hansenii DSM 70238, Kluyveromyces fragilis ATCC 8608 andCryptococcus neoformans ATCC 90112. As a result of study, we have found that X. polymorpha revealed antimicrobial activity against all tested microorganisms. Especially,G. capitatum is more susceptible to the extracts.


Key words: Xylaria polymorpha, antimicrobial activity.