Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 3

Studies on Ultrastructure and Antibacterial Activity of Cantharellus cibarius Fr

Anand Sagar*, Shilpa Agnihotri and Kavita Thakur

Department of Biosciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla - 05, India.

Received on 03 April 2015 and accepted on 09 June 2015



Present study was undertaken to carry out taxonomic details, pure culture isolations and antimicrobial activity of a wild edible ectomycorrhizal mushroom Cantharellus cibarius. Macroscopic and microscopic characteristics were studied in the field and laboratory respectively. Antibacterial activities of methanolic and acetone extracts of Cantharellus cibarius were investigated in-vitro against two pathogenic bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and Pseudomonas aeruginosa following agar well diffusion method, using four different concentrations (25, 50, 75, 100%). The methanolic and acetone extracts of the mushroom showed significant reduction in the growth of the tested bacteria. The extracts showed maximum inhibitory growth against Listeria monocytogenes as compared to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. There is need of further studies to isolate and characterize the antibacterial moieties in this fungus for practical disease control measures.

Keywords : Cantharellus cibarius, antibacterial, in-vitro, Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.