Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 116–122 | Cite as

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Iranian mooseer (Allium hirtifolium Boiss) populations

  • Hojat Ghahremani-majd
  • Farshad DashtiEmail author
  • Dara Dastan
  • Hasan Mumivand
  • Javad Hadian
  • Mahmood Esna-Ashari
Research Report


Mooseer or Persian shallot is a bulbous perennial herb belonging to the Alliaceae family. Antioxidant activities of 12 mooseer populations were determined using three assays including DPPH, FRAP, and ABTS. Antioxidant activities differed among all populations with the Sahneh and Nahavand population as the highest and the lowest, respectively. Antimicrobial activity of mooseer extracts were tested against six bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae and two fungi including Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae by disc diffusion method by determining their minimum inhibitory concentration values with all samples indicating moderate to high antimicrobial activity. For antimicrobial activity, Esfahan population showed the highest inhibitory effect on bacteria and fungi. According to the results of the study, mooseer has potential as a valuable dietary supplement.

Additional key words

ABTS bacteria bulbous DPPH FRAP fungi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hojat Ghahremani-majd
    • 1
  • Farshad Dashti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dara Dastan
    • 2
  • Hasan Mumivand
    • 3
  • Javad Hadian
    • 2
  • Mahmood Esna-Ashari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of AgricultureBu-Ali Sina UniversityHamedanIran
  2. 2.Medicinal Plants and Drug Research InstituteShahid Beheshti UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of TehranKarajIran

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