Sky Journal of Microbiology Research Vol. 2(3), pp. 018-021, May, 2014. Available online,
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Inhibitory activity of clove, moringa and neem essential oils on the growth of some molds isolated from foods 

Shamsuddeen U.* and Sheshe K. I.

Department of Microbiology Bayero University, Kano Nigeria.

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Accepted 14 April, 2014


This study aimed to assess the antifungal activity of some essential oils on some mold strains isolated from foods. The essential oils were extracted from cloves, moringa and neem. The assayed mold strains were: Penicillium spp., Rhizopus spp., Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus ocraceus, Aspergillus niger, Sporotricum spp., Alternaria spp. and Aspergillus fumigatus. The results obtained showed that clove (Syzygium aromaticum) essential oil showed prominent antimold activity on all assayed mold strains, whereas moringa (Moringa oleifera) and neem (Azadirachta indica) essential oils showed no activity against all of the assayed mold strains.

Key words: Antimold activity, essential oils, cloves, moringa, neem, fungi.


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