Alcoholic Plant Extracts' Impact on Trichophyton rubrum Growth Characteristics


  • Shrook Gany Yassin Karbala University, Educational Directorate of Karbala, Karbala, Iraq
  • Suhad Khalid Sgheer Karbala University, Educational Directorate of Karbala, Karbala, Iraq


Trichophyton rubrum, Ziziphus spina-christi, Ricinus communis, Salvia officinalis


This study investigates the inhibitory effects of alcoholic extracts from Sidr, castor, and sage plants, individually and in combination, on the growth characteristics of Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte fungus. Plant parts were processed into extracts and applied to culture media. Results indicate significant inhibition of fungal colony growth and dry weight, with higher concentrations yielding greater inhibition. The combination of Sidr and castor extracts exhibited the most pronounced inhibitory effect. Microscopic examination revealed varied impacts on fungal morphology, including filament distortion and protoplasm separation. These findings underscore the potential of these plant extracts as antifungal agents, emphasizing the importance of considering both extract type and concentration. This research fills a gap in understanding the efficacy of natural extracts against dermatophyte fungi and suggests avenues for further exploration in antifungal therapy.


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How to Cite

Yassin, S. G., & Sgheer, S. K. (2024). Alcoholic Plant Extracts’ Impact on Trichophyton rubrum Growth Characteristics. International Journal of Biological Engineering and Agriculture, 3(3), 178–187. Retrieved from