Antimicrobial activity of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil cultivated in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan

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Antimicrobial activity of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil cultivated in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan

Syed Inayatullah, Muhammad Shafee, Muhammad Shafiq, Muhammad Asif, Shafiya Parveen, Khadija Kakar, Yasir Hayat Khan, Muhammad Amir, Abdul Qadir, Muhammad Yakoob, Abdullah Baloch
Int. J. Biosci.10( 2), 105-110, February 2017.
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The aim of the present study was to assess the antimicrobial efficiency of thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil against different microbial strains viz. E. coli, Salmonella, staphylococci, Proteus, Pseudomonas, and Streptococcus strain; verified strains were collected from Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, Quetta. Thyme essential oil was extracted by using Clevenger type apparatus at BARDC Quetta and antimicrobial effect was measured by dissolving with Dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO), using by disc diffusion technique. Results shows that the best inhibitory zones were observed by dissolving thyme oil with DMSO and the best zone was observed against E. coli (22 mm) while reduced zone was observed against Streptococcus (08 mm). This study explores its highly valuable contribution in medicinal usage. It will also improve the socio economic status of the farmers while used as replacement for some non-profitable crops by local farmers


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