Comparison of three extracts of Fumeria indica for the evaluation of cytotoxic and phytotoxic activities

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Comparison of three extracts of Fumeria indica for the evaluation of cytotoxic and phytotoxic activities

Shambaleed Humayun, Muhammad Ibrar, Barkatullah, Imtiaz Ahmad
Int. J. Biosci.2( 12), 112-119, December 2012.
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In present work, the Fumeria indica was collected from University of Peshawar. The plant was shade dried and three extracts were prepared from the powder. The powder was used to observe under ultra violet light and by change in colour, has shown the presence of secondary metabolites with their derivatives. The extracts were used against phytochemical screening test, cytotoxic and phytotoxic activities. Phytochemical screening has shown the presence of carbohydrates, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, anthraquinones, saponin and starch. In cytotoxic activity, the n-hexane was found more effective than chloroform and ethanol but in phytotoxic activity the n-hexane was highly significant than ethanol whereas chloroform was found non-significant. Further experiments on Fumeria indica is needed to investigate its therapeutic properties.


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