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Screening of the antimicrobial properties of the essential oils of <em>Cymbopogon schoenanthus</em>

A Khadhri
REI Mokni
MEM Araújo


Objective: The present study describes antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of Cymbopogon schoenanthus.
Methods: The antimicrobial activity of the oil was evaluated using agar diffusion.
Results: The antimicrobial test results showed that the oils had a great potential antimicrobial activity against all 13 bacteria: Bacillus cereus, B. subtilis, Enterococcus faecium, E. faecalis, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Aeromonas hydrophila, Escherichia coli, E. coli O157:H7, Klebsiella pneumonia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis and Salmonella typhimurium.
Conclusion: Results from this study suggest that the essential oil of Cymbopogon schoenanthus possesses antimicrobial properties, and is therefore may be a potential source of antimicrobial ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industry.

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