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Extracts of Tagetes minuta L. front of bacteria regarding bovine mastitis.


Folk knowledge about the use of medicinal plants is strongly tied to the culture of the population. The use of medical plants in the veterinary therapeutics is feasible, safe, secure to obtain, and has low costs (Marinho et al., 2007).

In this context, the species Tagetes minuta L., which is being used by farmers in the context of animal health (Wanzala et al., 2012), is a valuable resource to be studied for management in agroecosystems (Lovatto et al., 2011).

Tagetes minuta is an aromatic plant, native to South America, belonging to the Asteraceae family, with characteristics of being an erect sub-shrub, with little branching, of 1-2 m of height, with composite leaves, imparipinnate and flowers in chapters colored yellow, popularly known as chinchilla and among others, with a robust biocidal potential (Chamorro et al., 2008; Gakuubi et al., 2016). Its main compounds are the essential oils, mainly terpenes, and flavonoids, with corroborated bacteriocide potential (Cornelius & Wycliffe, 2016; Shahzadi & Shah, 2015). The composition of the active compounds of chinchilla may vary, depending on the plant organ that produces them, the collection site and also throughout the development cycle of the plant (Chamorro et al., 2008; Lopez et al., 2009).

In the context of dairy production, bovine mastitis, the inflammation of the mammary glands, is the most common disease among adult cows. Bacterial infection is the leading causes of the onset of this disease (Peres Neto & Zappa, 2011).

Thus, in order to ensure animal health, through the asepsis of equipment and the udder of the animals, the use of medicinal plants displayed potential in the prevention and treatment of bovine mastitis in agro-ecological production systems (Schuch et al., 2008).

Therefore, the objective of this work was to assess the effect of hydroalcoholic extracts of T. minuta from different collection sites against ten bacteria related to bovine mastitis.

Materials and Methods

Leaves and inflorescences of T. minuta were collected in full bloom in two distinct locations, in Cangugu, RS, Brazil, at coordinates 31[degrees] 26' 36" S 52[degrees] 38' 19" W (Location 1) and in Pelotas, RS, Brazil, at coordinates 31[degrees] 37' 22" S 52[degrees] 31' 32"W (Location 2). The materials were collected in may 2008, in the morning, after successive days without rain. After collection, the samples were dried at room temperature until they were brittle at the pressure exerted by the fingers.

For the preparation of the hydroalcoholic extract, the ratio of 1:10 (100 g of plant/1L of 70[degrees] GL cereal alcohol) was used. The material was immersed in alcohol for 15 days in amber glass, with two daily shaking. Afterward, the samples were pressed and stored in the dark at room temperature until the time of use in the experiment.

Microbiological tests were performed at the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel). For this purpose, the extracts were prepared by solvent extraction using a rotary evaporator, at 30 RPM, 50[degrees]C and negative pressure of 600 mm/Hg, and finally, the initial volume of the solution was filled with sterile distilled water. The dilutions used in the experiment were 50%, 25%, 12.5%, and 6.25%.

Bacteria tested were Escherichia coli ATCC 8739, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 10145, Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 12600, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus hyicus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus dysgalactiae, Streptococcus intermedius and Streptococcus uberis. The inoculums were prepared at the concentration of [10.sup.-5] UFC.[mL.sup.-1] in medium containing saline and 2X BHI broth (brain heart infusion) .

The antimicrobial evaluation was done through the microdilution technique in broth, in 96-well microplates in triplicate, in which the extracts of T. minuta and the inoculums of the bacteria were placed, as well as the growth control of the bacteria and the control of the extracts, which were incubated for 72 hours at 37[degrees]C. After this period, aliquots of 5[micro]L of each orifice were transferred to plates containing 5% equine defibrinated blood agar and maintained in incubation for 24 hours at the same previous temperature. With this, the qualitative readings of bacterial growth [with growth (+); without growth (-)] with subsequent interpretation of the results by the geometric mean of the Minimal Bacterial Concentration (MBC) (%) (Mota et al., 2013, Oyarzabal et al., 2011, Prestes et al., 2008).

Results and Discussion

Differences of results were observed for the two extracts of T. minuta used in this work against bacteria related to bovine mastitis, as shown in Table 1 by MBC (%), which may be related to the abiotic factors present in the different sites.

The secondary compounds present in plants are influenced by several abiotic factors, which may reflect on the composition and amount of compounds produced, such as temperature, salinity, water, solar radiation, chemical and mechanical stresses (Ramakrishna & Gokare, 2011). In this context, Cornellus & Wycliffe (2016) mention that factors such as location, development stage, plant parts, soil type, nutritional status, climate, sunlight, harvesting, and extraction methods influence the composition and amount of compounds present in the product of T. minuta.

Tannins, saponins, alkaloids, and flavonoids found in the composition of the methanolic extract of T. minuta are probably related to its antimicrobial action against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria (Rachuonyo et al., 2016). This effect had been already pointed out by Tereschuk et al. (1997) and Shahzadi & Shah (2015).

In this context, both extracts of T. minuta, tested in the work, presented efficiency for 50% of the microorganisms. Within the other 50%, 30% were resistant to either extract and 20% to both (Table 1).

Accordingly, the extract from plants of site II, showed a higher sensitivity to microorganisms. As comparing the MBC (%) of each extract against a specific bacteria strains, our results highlighted that half of the concentration of the extract derived from plants from site II was required to inhibit S. aureus ATCC 12600, and S. intermedius in comparison with the extract of the site I. This value was observed three times lower for S. hycus. Just one among the strains of S. aureus was resistant to the extract of site II. Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028 and S. uberis displayed resistance against the extract derived from plants collected in Site I (Table 1).

Both extracts displayed similar effects against the strains E. coli ATCC 8739, P. aeruginosa ATCC 10145, and S. agalactiae microorganisms. Among these bacterial strains, only the last one was sensitive to the extracts (Table 1).

In order to meet these results, Goncalves et al. (2013) evaluated the essential oils and hydroalcoholic extracts of different plant species of the Brazilian flora in eight bacteria related to bovine mastitis. They identified that the hydroalcoholic extract of T. minuta was effective for S. aureus at 50%, for two isolates of Staphylococcus coagulase + at 19% and 50% for Staphylococcus coagulase - at 39% and S. uberis at 9.9%, but resistant to E. coli and P. aeruginosa. Therefore, a similar effect observed by Schuc et al. (2008) for the bacteria S. agalactiae and S. aureus at the time of exposure to the hydroalcoholic extract of T. minuta of 30 s and 30 min, respectively, and no action against P. aeruginosa.

Finally, we shall highlight the potential of the use of medicinal plants species in the management of bovine mastitis in the context of agroecological production. It is, however, crucial to point out that rotation among different products from medicinal plants is critical, as bacteria may develop resistance to these compounds, or even to ensure safe handling if there are variations in plant composition due to some abiotic condition. Furthermore, there is a need for studies focusing on the combination of plants. As observed by Rachuonyo et al. (2016), the mixture of extracts from different plants (among them those of T. minuta) can potentiate the antimicrobial action.


The results of the study highlight that hydroalcoholic extracts of T. minuta from plants collected in different sites provide different effect against bacteria commonly associated with mastitis. Even these differences in effectivity, both the extracted presented in this paper displayed antimicrobial activity.


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Gabriela Berguenmaier de Olanda (1*), Gilberto Antonio Peripolli Bevilaqua (2), Luiz Filipe Dame Schuch (1), Luciana Souza Prestes (1), Ricardo Batista Job (1*)

(1) Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

(2) Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Pelotas, Brazil

(*) Corresponding author, e-mail:

Received: 08 December 2017

Accepted: 22 August 2018

DOI: 10.14295/CS.v10i1.2623
Table 1. Minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the hydroalcoholic
extract of T. minuta L. from different locations determined by the
microdilution method in broth.

Microorganisms                      MBC (%)
                                    Location I (*)    Location II (**)
Escherichia coli ATCC 8739          Resistant (***)   Resistant
Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC I0I45   Resistant         Resistant
Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028   Resistant            50
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 12600    19,84              9,92
Staphylococcus aureus               39,68             Resistant
Staphylococcus hyicus                  25              6,25
Streptococcus agalacteae            31,49             31,49
Streptococcus dysgalacteae           6,25             12,5
Streptococcus intermedius           31,49             15,74
Streptococcus uberis                Resistant            50

(*) Location I: Cangugu-RS/Brazil (**) Location II: Pelotas-RS/Brazil
(***) Resistant: without bactericidal action
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