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Abstract

ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF SOME ESSENTIAL OILS AGAINST STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS AND E. COLI

Khaldoon Obad, Khaled S. Ali*, Abdulla M. Lakal, K. S. Bekshokov, M.S. Saidov

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This study was conducted to determine the antimicrobial activity of some essential oils (Piper nigrum, Ocimum basilicum, Zingiber officinale and Cinnamum zeylanicum) against Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli using agar diffusion assay. All essential oils exhibited better antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus than E. coli, except Cinnamum zeylanicum was active to both bacteria. The Cinnamon essential oil showed maximum activity against staphylococcus aureus and E.coli, where the zone of inhibition was (40.3 ± 1.5 and 28.3 ± 2.9 mm) respectively. The another essential oils showed moderate activity only on Staphylococcus aureus.

Keywords: essential oils, Antibacterial activity, Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli.


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