Evaluation of antifungal potential of Tephrosia purpurea (L) pers an important medicinal plant of arid region
Bhawana Sharma, Neelam Verma
Tephrosia purpurea is an important medicinal plant of Indian arid region. This plant is used to treat dyspepsia, cough, asthma, fever, ulcers, skin diseases, anthelmintic, colic, and as a blood puri?er. In ayurveda system it is also called sarva warnavishapak due to its excellent wound healing properties. The whole plants with roots are used as a medicine. Nowadays there is a trend from synthetic medicine to herbal medicine in all over world. Although From many decades, plants have been used for the ailment of diseases and to control microbes. In this respect, T. purpurea, screened in vitro for antifungal potential against four plant pathogenic fungi. Dried and powdered leaves, fruit and root of Tephrosia purpurea extracted with ethanol and water using soxhlet extraction apparatus. This extract was tested against four fungal pathogens namely, Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium solani, Fusarium moniliforme and Alternaria alternata using poison food technique while, bavistin (a broad spectrum systemic fungicide) was used as a standard fungicide. The extract exhibited antifungal activity against selected fungi Thus, the current investigation leads to source of new antifungal compound in future.