Antifungal Potential of Mentha piperita Leaves and Stem Extracts against Phytopathogenic Fungi
Javid Ali, Arshad Hussain, Shamsur Rehman, Farhat Ali Khan2, Mujahid Sher
The antifungal potential of six extracts (methanol, ethanol, water, acetone, chloroform and Hexane) of leaf and stem of Mentha piperita against phytopathogenic fungi such as Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus parasiticus, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus oryzae was carried out by agar well diffusion method. The methanol extract of Mentha piperita leaf demonstrated marked inhibition compared to hexane, ethanol, water, chloroform and acetone. The stem of all extracts showed no activity against all the tested fungi. This study indicates that the leaves extracts have the potential in the management of diseases caused by plant pathogenic fungi.