In vitro Antifungal Activity of Onion (Allium cepa) Subsequent to Various Fungi

Urooj Akhtar*, Sana Iqbal, M. Amjad Khan and Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui

  • Urooj Akhtar 1. Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sana Iqbal 1. Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • M. Amjad Khan 1. Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Shoaib Ahmad Siddique 1. Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: Allium cepa, antifungal,, Amphotericin B, Nystatin, inhibitory effect

Abstract

Allium cepa is a medicinal herb of therapeutic importance. It has been employed as, a food remedy, an agent responsible to strengthen the immune system against chronic diseases. Allium cepa has been frequently highlighted for its abundant flavonoid quercetin and organo-sulfur compounds. It is a vegetable found in every household and is of routine use. Allium cepa can be effective against several infections. The current study was conducted to evaluate the antifungal activity of fresh juice of onion against Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus oryzae using the disc diffusion method and its efficacy was compared with the that of commercial antifungal drugs i.e., Amphotericin B (100μg) and Nystatin (100μg). The results indicated that onion has antifungal activity against various fungi but more active against Aspergillus oryzaea rather than that of antifungal drugs used.

Author Biography

Urooj Akhtar, 1. Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan

Department of Biology, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan

Published
2020-04-22