Kanchan* & Suhasini Besra
P. G. Department of Zoology, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 22nd April, 2020 ; Revised : 24th May, 2020
Abstract–Freshwater edible snail Bellamya bengalensis has potential nutritional and medicinal importance. Snail mucus constitutes biopolymer of alternating units of sulphate and N-acetyl glucosamine, glucuronic acid. In modern society, Zootherapy constitutes an important alternative among many other known therapies practiced worldwide. In present investigation antibacterial efficacy of mucus of snail B.bengalensis have been studied and showed antibacterial properties and it is found in water bodies of Jharkhand, India. Ethnobiological survey revealed that it can cure several diseases such as conjunctivitis, night blindness, diarrhea, stomach disorder nervousness and giddiness etc. Strains of 2 bacterial cultures were used in this study. The susceptibility of the isolated snail mucus was assayed on Muller Hinton Agar by the disc diffusion method using varied concentration, different inhibition zone was found. The highest antibacterial activity of mucus of B.bengalensis against Pseudomonas aeruginosa was observed as 13.66±.57 mm zone of inhibition followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae (12.66±.57 mm).Conclusion that B.bengalensis mucus is a biopolymer and source of antibacterial agents that can serve as an alternative to the expensive synthetic antibacterial agents used as antibiotic treatment.
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