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Title: Screening of desert plants for use against bacterial pathogens in fish 
Author: Abutbul, S.; Golan-Goldhirsh, A.; Barazani, O.; Ofir, R.; Zilberg, D.
Date: 2005
Publisher: Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - BAMIGDEH
Citation: Abutbul, S., Golan-Goldhirsh, A., Barazani, O., Ofir, R., & Zilberg, D. (2005). Screening of desert plants for use against bacterial pathogens in fish. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh, 57(2), 71-80.
Abstract: The antibacterial activity of aqueous extracts of 104 desert plant species was studied on the fol- lowing fish bacterial pathogens: Aeromonas hydrophila, Photobacterium damselae subspecies piscicida, Streptococcus iniae, and Vibrio alginolyticus. Seventeen plant species had antibacte- rial activity, as identified by disk diffusion assay. The pathogen P. damselae was sensitive to all 17 active extracts except Peganum harmala and a high inhibitory effect (14-19.5 mm) was pro- duced by Anchusa strigosa, Hammada scoparia, Achillea fragrantissima, Pulicaria crispa and Loranthus acaciae. The pathogens A. hydrophila and V. alginolyticus were inhibited by H. sco- paria, L. acaciae, and P. harmala (7-20.5 mm). The pathogen S. iniae was inhibited by Ochradenus baccatus and Reseda stenostachya (10.5 mm). The benefits of using desert plants as an alternative to conventional antibiotics are discussed.
Series/Report No.: The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
ISSN: 0792-156X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10524/19132
Keywords: antibacterial activity, desert plants, fish, pathogenic bacteria
LC Subject Headings: Fish culture--Israel--Periodicals.
Fish culture--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Israel--Periodicals.
Aquaculture--Periodicals.

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