An evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of some Turkish mosses

Savaroglu F., İLHAN S., FİLİK İŞÇEN C.

JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL PLANTS RESEARCH, vol.5, no.14, pp.3286-3292, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 14
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.3286-3292
  • Keywords: Bryophyte, extracts, mosses, antimicrobial activity, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITIES, BRYOPHYTES, BIFLAVONOIDS, FLAVONOIDS, EXTRACTS, HEDW.
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


The antibacterial and antifungal activities of seven different extract from the mosses Funaria hygrometrica Hedw. (Funariaceae), Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw. (Hypnaceae), H. imponens Hedw. (Hypnaceae), Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw. (Polytrichaceae) and Tortella tortuosa (Hedw.) Limpr. (Pottiaceae) were tested against six bacterial and three fungal strains by agar diffusion and microdilution methods. It was determined that some of the extracts were active on both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. In addition, extract A of T. tortuosa possessed the highest antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MIC of 5.9 mu g/ml). Among the five bryophytes used, P. juniperinum and T. tortuosa showed the best inhibitory effect against the bacterial and fungal species tested. The current study indicates that extracts of P. juniperinum and T. tortuosa may be exploited for antimicrobial drugs in the future.