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Antimicrobial properties of cumin


Fungal (Aspergillus and Penicillium spp.) and yeast (Saccharomyces and Candida spp.) cultures were more sensitive to cumin volatile oil and cuminaldehyde than bacteria. Among Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli was the most sensitive to the volatile oil while Pseudomonas aeruginosa was the most resistant. Staphylococcus aureus had an MIC almost double that of all other Gram-positive species tested, while the fungi had MIC values 10 to 20 times lower than those of the bacteria.

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The authors are with the Food & Fermentation Technology Division, University Department of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Bombay-400019, India

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Shetty, R.S., Singhal, R.S. & Kulkarni, P.R. Antimicrobial properties of cumin. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 10, 232–233 (1994).

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