Microbial Ecology

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 555–561 | Cite as

Effects of Caatinga Plant Extracts in Planktonic Growth and Biofilm Formation in Ralstonia solanacearum

  • Carolina Barbosa MalafaiaEmail author
  • Ana Cláudia Silva Jardelino
  • Alexandre Gomes Silva
  • Elineide Barbosa de Souza
  • Alexandre José Macedo
  • Maria Tereza dos Santos Correia
  • Márcia Vanusa Silva
Notes and Short Communications


This study describes the first antibiofilm and antibacterial screening for plants from Caatinga against Ralstonia solanacearum, a causal agent of bacterial wilt that presents serious difficulties in control. There were prepared 22 aqueous extracts of plants collected in the Vale do Catimbau—PE, Brazil. The potential antibacterial activity was evaluated by absorbance in OD600 and the antibiofilm activity through the crystal violet method, both of them performed in microplate against isolates of R. solanacearum biofilm formers. The results of the screening showed that Jacaranda rugosa presented antimicrobial activity higher than 90%, while Harpochilus neesianus and Myroxylon peruiferum presented antibiofilm activity higher than 50% for all tested isolates. However, Croton heliotropiifolius showed both the activities, being thus very promising for application in the control of this phytopathogen. The search for viable alternatives to the development of new bioactive compounds safe for the environment, humans, and animals from an adverse and scarce environment such as the Caatinga and encouraged us to find plants that produce effective metabolites against phytopathogenic microorganisms. This in vitro screening is important to guide the development of new products in addition to guide research studies of bioactive compounds.


Phytopathogens Antibiofilm Myroxylon peruiferum Harpochilus neesianus Jacaranda rugosa Croton heliotropiifolius 



The authors would like to acknowledge Brazilian agencies and companies that have supported this research: Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (FACEPE), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS), and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolina Barbosa Malafaia
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ana Cláudia Silva Jardelino
    • 1
  • Alexandre Gomes Silva
    • 3
  • Elineide Barbosa de Souza
    • 4
  • Alexandre José Macedo
    • 5
  • Maria Tereza dos Santos Correia
    • 1
  • Márcia Vanusa Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de BioquímicaUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)RecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Tecnologias Estratégicas do Nordeste (CETENE)RecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto Nacional do SemiáridoCampina GrandeBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Biologia/Área de MicrobiologiaUniversidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE)RecifeBrazil
  5. 5.Faculdade de Farmácia e Centro de BiotecnologiaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil

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