Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 141-152 July-September 2010




Deepti Gupta*1, Anjana Goel and A.K. Bhatia2

1. Department of Microbiology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal (INDIA)
2. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, DUVASU, Mathura (INDIA)


Received on : March 05, 2010




Several medicinal plants used in traditional medicine have attracted many scientists. Among these plants A.nilotica belonging to family fabaceae, have been recommended for treatment of various diseases. Keeping the well documented literature about the potential usefulness against various ailments in mind, this work was undertaken to design a plan of work to evaluate further its antiviral properties. In the present study antiviral activity of the A.nilotica leaves and pods extract (hot aqueous extract) were investigated against two viral isolate BHV-I virus and FMD virus by antiviral screening assay. The extract of A.nilotica leaves and pods exhibited in-vitro antiviral effect. The effect of A.nilotica leaves and pods extract against BHV-I was good and extract was found more effective in leaves. The percent protection was found to be 61.1% and 43.2% in leaves and 22.1% and 14.4% in pods. However no antiviral effect of A.nilotica leaves and pods extract against FMD was observed.


Keywords : Medicinal plant, Acacia nilotica, Hot aqueous extract, BHV-I virus , FMD virus