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Pterygospermin: the Antibacterial Principle of Moringa pterygosperma, Gaertn

Nature volume 158, pages 745746 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation

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THE discovery and use of penicillin and streptomycin has led to a search for similar antibiotics in other fungi and in higher plants. Systematic studies conducted in these laboratories1 have shown the possibilities of a number of plant materials, reported in Indian medicine, which contain antibiotic substances effective against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. In a recent publication2 a plant antibiotic effective against even acid-fast organisms has been described. The present communication deals with the antibacterial properties of the extracts of the root of Moringa pterygosperma.

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  1. Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Sept. 9.

    • R. RAGHUNANDANA RAO
    • , MARIAM GEORGE
    •  & K. M. PANDALAI

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