Phytochemistry and Utilization of Vernonia glabra (Steetz) Oliv. & Hiern.in Management of Food Spoilage and Poisoning Pathogens, in Kenya.

Citation:
Kitonde CK, Dossaji SF, Lukhoba CW, Jumba MM. "Phytochemistry and Utilization of Vernonia glabra (Steetz) Oliv. & Hiern.in Management of Food Spoilage and Poisoning Pathogens, in Kenya." European International Journal of Science and Technology. 2014;3(1):65-72.

Abstract:

Food spoilage and poisoning pathogens lead to pre- and post-harvest losses of crop produce and poisoning
of food and feed stuff; posing a great threat to food security and safety worldwide. This project aimed to
investigate the pesticidal activity and presence of chemical compounds in Vernonia glabra; as an alternative
control approach, to food crop protection. Organic extracts of leaves and flowers showed the highest
activity against S. aureus (mean inhibition zones of 1.85 and 1.78 respectively), than the standard antibiotic
(Streptomycin 1.30). Flavonoids were greatly present in all extracts screened. The results of this study
justify the use of V. glabra in traditional herbal medicine, and suggest that the plant has ideal
characteristics in the application as bio-pesticide control to crops and food stuff.

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