Phytochemical Screening and In Vitro Antifungal Capacity of Diospyros blancoi Against Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans and Tricophyton mentagrophytes
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
There are many research investigations concerning antimicrobial properties of plants but few researches are conducted on its antifungal properties. Natives and even the common Filipinos residing in rural areas rely on natural remedies to cure known or unknown skin diseases due to old folklore beliefs albeit they are taking it by chance. Knowledge regarding antifungal phytochemicals derived from plants is less known and needs to be thoroughly researched for further information that specific plants can be alternative antifungal treatments. Also, synthetic fungicides are known to be carcinogenic in nature, thus fungicides derived from plants are safer alternatives. Velvet apple (Diospyros philippensis), commonly known as mabolo is an evergreen forest tree that is medium-sized, and has an oval or conical-shaped crown. Leaf extracts yielded alkaloids, reducing sugar, gum, flavonoids, and tannins. ( Online 1)
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
1. What phytochemicals are present in the leaves of Diospyros blancoi?
2. Will there be significant differences when Diospyros blancoi leaf extract is tested on Aspergillus niger, Candida alblicans, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes?
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The research is to be conducted to examine the antifungal capacity of velvet apple against Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Moreover, to test velvet apple leaf extract’s phytochemical constituents. The researchers’ main goal is to provide information regarding organic fungicides such as plant extracts, specifically the velvet apple. This research can also be used as a reference and basis...