Department of Plant Protection, IPB University Promotes Back to Nature, Discusses the Utilization of Medicinal Plants in Ethnopharmacology Studies

The Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University, participated in the Back to Nature campaign. Therefore, in Guest Lecture Series 07, the Department of Plant Protection raised the theme "Potentials of Medicinal Plants for Disease Prevention and Cure" (23/9).

This guest lecture presented Dr. Ira Sigar, a microbiologist from Midwestern University, Illinois, United States. The focus of his research is to find active ingredients from plants that play a role in overcoming health problems and can be developed further.

“Plants that are getting a lot of attention are graviola or soursop (Annona muricata). Soursop contains several phytochemicals, including annonaceous acetogenin (AGE) which has been proven in vitro to have antimicrobial activity and anti-cancer properties," he said.

In addition to the preventive mechanism, he continued, there is a 'disruption' mechanism which is stimulated by the active compound of graviola to interfere with the signaling system of the pathogen to the point of penetration and other points of the infection process.

“This study needs further in-depth study because the response of each bacterial pathogen such as Pseudomonas and Klebsiella will be different to disruptive activity. This, of course, will lead to different potential resistances,” he added.

He also stated that the industrialization of the results of this kind of research takes a very long time. This is because there are holistic aspects that cannot be ignored. Including optimization of concentrations and doses that are effective to suppress disease but also do not interfere with the population and activity of the normal flora in the human body.

Dr. Giyanto, an expert on plant bacteriology at IPB University, added that the approach developed by Dr. Ira Sigar can also be used by researchers in the field of plant health, who often struggle with various types of pathogens.

"For example, from the group of bacteria and fungi (fungi)," he said as the moderator of this event. (**/Zul) (IAAS/SYA)

Published Date : 24-Sep-2021

Resource Person : Dr Ira Sigar, Dr Giyanto

Keyword : Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University, Medicinal Plants