In-Vitro Antifungal Efficacy of Zingiber Officinale
Sana Iqbal*, Urooj Akhtar, Shoaib Siddiqui
Synthetic medicines are being replaced by those derived from natural resources because of cost burden and side effects of synthetic medicines. Zingiber officinale (Ginger) has been act as home remedy against the microbial infections. Its fresh juice has radio protective action that could be helpful in avoiding gamma radiation which exert harmful effects during the period of cancer treatment. It exhibited chemo defensive and antineoplastic action as well as has been useful to cure the inflammation in the body. Present study investigated in vitro antifungal efficacy against Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzaea, Fusarium oxysporum and Fusarium tricinctum using disc diffusion technique. Maximum inhibitory zone against Aspergillus niger produced after 96 hours i.e. 46.66 ±2.5mm and minimum after 48 hours i.e. 41.66 ± 2.5mm. Maximum inhibitory zone against Aspergillus oryzaea was produced after 96 hours i.e. 23.33±1.73 mm and minimum at 48 hours i.e. 17.66 ± 1.73 mm. Maximum inhibitory zone against Fusarium oxysporum was produced after 96 hours i.e. 24.00 ± 1.5mm and minimum at 48 hours i.e. 18.00 ±1.5mm. Maximum inhibitory zone against Fusarium tricinctum was produced after 96 hours i.e. 38.33 ± 2.00 mm and minimum at 48 hours i.e. 35.00 ± 2.00 mm. These concentrates may have been proved to be effective antimicrobials and can be exploited in controlling superfluous microbial growth.