In Vitro Screening of Antifungal Activity of Methanol Extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff against Some Pathogenic Species of Fungi


Dibyajyoti Saha*, Swati Paul

Department of Pharmacy, BGC Trust University Bangladesh Chittagong

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The main objective of the present study was to determine the methanolic extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff for antifungal activity. To determine the antifungal activitiy agar disc diffusion method was used. The antifungal activity of the extracts was compared with standard drug Fluconazole (500 μg/disc). The methanol extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff showed very good antifungal activity ranging from zone of inhibition (7.0-26) mm and Aspergillus niger was the most susceptible fungal strain of the methanolic extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff. Due to these promising results, further in vivo studies over Alpinia conchigera Griff must be conducted.


KEY WORDS: Alpinia conchigera Griff; methanol extract; antifungal activity



Vast natural resources of medicinal plants are being used for thousands of years for the cure of many diseases in all over the world. If we could use medicinal plants properly we could get medicines at low cost and then it might be possible to fulfill the demand of our medication. This will supply low cost medicine to our poor people and we could establish a better health care system [1]. Recently, some higher plant products have attracted the attention of microbiologists to search for some phytochemicals for their exploitation as anti-microbials. Such plant products would be biodegradable and safe to human health [2] . Alpinia conchigera Griff. (Begali name: Khetranga) belonging to the family Zingiberaceae , or the Ginger family, is a family of flowering plants consisting of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes. Zingiberaceae is one of the largest families of the plant kingdom with 53 genera and over 1300 species [3]. The taxonomic study of the family Zingiberaceae was first studied by Kai Larsen [4]. who proposed the key to genera of Thai Zingiberaceae. Zingiberaceous plants are distributed throughout Bangladesh. But wide varieties of species are mainly found in hilly areas like in Chittagong and Sylhet. The following species are identified in Bangladesh.



Zingiberaceous plants are distributed throughout Bangladesh. But wide varieties of species are mainly found in hilly areas like in Chittagong and Sylhet. The following species are identified in Bangladesh [5]. The rhizome of A. conchigera is used as a condiment and occasionally in folk medicine along the east coast to treat fungal infections. In some states of Peninsular Malaysia, the rhizomes are consumed as a post-partum medicine and the young shoots are prepared into a vegetable dish.The rhizomes of A. conchigera are used in Thai traditional medicine to relieve gastrointestinal disorders and in the preparation of Thai food dishes [6,7]. It was reported that the phenyl prepanoid derivatives, chavicol acetate and eugenol acetate are present in the fruit of A.conchigera,[8] and have anti-inflammatory activity .The milky juice of the plant is used in ophthalmia, scabies and as an antiseptic agent [9] .



Collection of Plant material :

The plants selected for present work A. conchigera (Family: Zingiberaceae) and was collected from Naramuk, Rajsthali of Rangamati district. After collection, suitable herbarium sheet for each plant with some general information were prepared and send to Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Baluchara, Chittagong for identification. They provided us the scientific name of the plants.



The collected plant (leaves and stems) was separated from undesirable materials or plants or plant parts and was shed-dried (35-50c). The plant was ground into a coarse powder with the help of a suitable grinder. The powder was stored in an airtight container and kept in a cool, dark and dry place until extraction commenced. About 185 gm of powdered plant material of A. conchigera (Family: Zingiberaceae) was was taken in a clean, flat bottomed amber glass container and soaked in 1700ml of methanol The container with its contents was sealed and kept for a period of 10 days accompanied by continuous shaking. The whole mixture then underwent a coarse filtration by a piece of clean, white cotton materials. Then they were filtered by using Whatman filter paper number 1 and the solvent was made to evaporate under the room temperature. The obtained extract was collected .The residues were stored in a refrigerator until further studies.


Fungal Strains:

The antifungal activity of plant extract were investigated against six pathogenic fungal strains such as Aspergillus niger, Blastomyces dermattitidis, Candida albicans, Pityrosporum ovale, Trichophyton spp, Microsporum spp., Cryphcoccus neoformans. All the fungal strains were collected from Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ( BCSIR), Bangladesh.


Antifungal Assay:

In vitro antifungal screening was performed by disc diffusion assay method [10, 11] where Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) medium was used for the antifungal activity. Their antifungal activity were tested against six fungal strains at a concentrations of 250 μg/disc, 500 μg/disc for each and the results were compared with griseofulvin (500 μg/disc). The activity was determined after 72 hours of incubation at 37.5oC.


Table- 1: Composition of the Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) medium

Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) medium (1000 ml)



Potato slice

200.0 gm


20.2 gm

Bacterial agar medium

16.0 gm

Distilled water



Preparation of the medium:

The weight amount of potato slice was boiled with a little amount of distilled water for 30 minutes and applied for course filtration by the help of cotton. The required amount of dextrose and bacterial agar medium were properly mixed in a conical flask. Finally the constituents of two flasks were mixed thoroughly after the adjustment of volume by the distilled water the medium was sterilized in an autoclave. The pH of the medium was adjusted to 5.6.



Result of the antifungal screening

The result of the antifungal screening assay of methanol extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff. against the tested fungal strains were shown in Table- 2



Table- 2: Anti-fungal activity of the crude extract of MEAC, standard and blank


Tested fungi

Zone of inhibition (mm)






500 μg/disc


Aspergillus niger





Blastomyces dermatitides





Candida albicans





Pityrosporum ovale





Trichophyton spp





Microsporum spp





Cryphcoccus neoformans





[MEAC = Methanol extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff. A = 250μg/disc, B = 500μg/disc, S = Standard (Fluconazole) and C = Control]


Figure- 1: Comparison of Zone of Inhibition of different fungi with MEAC,standard and Control



The antifungal activities of the crude extracts were evaluated by the disc diffusion method against seven fungal strains using Fluconazole as standards. In the screening, the methanol extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff showed strong antifungal activity with zone of inhibition of 7.0-26 mm respectively while the highest antifungal activity was seen against Blastomyces dermatitides, Aspergillus niger, Microsporum spp and Aspergillus nigerwas the most susceptible fungal strain of the methanolic extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff.



The result shows that the methanolic extract of Alpinia conchigera Griff. possessed antifungal activity against all the tested fungal strains.. So the active principles which are responsible for this antifungal activity is to be explored. The isolation of these active constituents showing antifungal activity can be more useful and work is to be done in this regard.



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Received on 16.04.2012 Accepted on 18.05.2012

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