Antimicrobial activity of Agave sisalana
AbstractThis study was carried out to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of extracts of the leaves and leaf waste discarded in the process of obtaining the hard fibers of Agave sisalana. The antimicrobial activity was determined by the paper disk diffusion method using Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria (nonresistant and resistant to antibiotics) and a fungus. The hydroalcoholic extract obtained from leaves and from sisal waste showed significant inhibition of Candida albicans, on the other hand, it was inactive against three strains of Staphylococcus aureus, two strains of Escherichia coli, a strain of
Micrococcus luteus, Bacillus cereus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonella choleraesuis. The methanol extract of leaves showed weaker reduction in the inhibitory action of C. albicans when compared with the above extracts, and it was also inert against the other microorganisms tested.