Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 4A Page No.: 1597-1601 April-June 2013

 

PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF AQUEOUS METHANOL EXTRACT OF Cyperus rotundus AND Vetiveria zizanoides AND ITS ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITIES ON INDOOR AIRBORNE FUNGI OF SOME SCHOOLS IN NAGPUR CITY, INDIA

 

Balpande Shubhangini M. and Cherian K.J.*

Department of Botany, Hislop College, Civil lines, Temple Road, Nagpur (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 05, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

Microorganisms are the primary source of indoor air contamination. The qualities of airborne myco flora in five schools of Nagpur city, India were studied. Microbial monitoring of such environment is important for the health of the children and teachers .The indoor air quality and ventilation in school building may affect the health of the children, teachers and other working staff. For the present study, air samples were collected by personal air sampler with the help of air motor for 30 minutes from five schools during June to September i.e. Rainy season. The predominant fungi investigated were Aspergillus sp. and Penicillum sp., Antifungal activities were screened by disc diffusion method of Aq. methanolic extracts of plant parts of both the plants. The results showed that the extracts of roots of Vetiveria zizanoides and roots rhizomes of Cyperus rotundus have more antifungal activities than other extracts. Phytochemical screening of both plants revealed the presence of phytochemicals such as tannins, flavonoids and alkaloids etc.The studies of airborne fungal flora help to creates social awareness of the school atmosphere. Fumigation of plant extracts or plant parts helps to maintain hygienic condition in the class rooms where the children belongs to 12 to 15trs of age groups spent their time during rainy season.

 

Keywords : Airborne fungi, Indoor air, Air sampler, Antifungal activities, hygienic condition, Phytochemical, Schools

 

 

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