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Evaluation of Anthelmintic Activity of Pistia stratiotes Linn.

Author(s): HK Sundeep Kumar, Anindya Bose, Arundhuti Raut, Sujit Kumar Sahu, M. B. V. Raju

The ethanolic extract of the plant Pistia stratiotes (Araceae) was investi-gated for activity against Indian earthworms Pheretima posthuma and nematode As-cardi galli. Various concentrations (10, 20, 50 mg/ml) of ethanolic extract were tested, which involved determination of time of paralysis and time of death of the worms. It was compared with Piperazine citrate (15 mg/ml) and Albendazole (20 mg/ml) as standard reference and normal saline as control. The study indicated the potential usefulness of Pistia stratiotes against earthworm infections.

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