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Antibacterial activity of the crude extract of Chinese green tea (Camellia sinensis) on Listeria monocytogenes

TI Mbata, LU Debiao, A Saikia

Abstract


The antibacterial activity of the methanol and aqueous extract of Camellia sinensis on Listeria monocytogenes were investigated using agar-gel diffusion, paper disk diffusion and microbroth dilution techniques. The results obtained showed that methanol and water extract exhibited
antibacterial activities against L. monocytogenes. The leaf extract produced inhibition zone ranging from 10.0 – 20.1 mm against the test bacteria. The methanol extracts of the test plant produces larger
zones of inhibition against the bacteria than the water extract. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for the methanol and water leaf extract was 0.26 and 0.68 mg/ml, respectively.



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