Talisay Leaves: Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial

Ray Ong, a scientist who graduated from UP Los Banos,  and Leslie Kennedy whose family is in the aquarium fish business, were excited to see many fallen leaves of the Talisay tree botanically known as Terminalia catappa when they visited Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal, on June 23, 2012. They gathered dried fallen leaves for their own use.
The two joined the members of the Philippine Horticultural Society who visited Teresa Orchard & Nursery and the St. Martha Farm, both in Teresa, Rizal. St. Martha specializes in Pangasius production, both fingerlings and full-grown fish.
Ray Ong explained that the Talisay leaves contain tannin that is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. In the United States, he said, the dried leaves are sold at about 50 US cents per leaf. And they are imported from countries other than the Philippines. Some buyers put a few leaves in their aquarium to prevent fungal and bacterial growth. Ray  Ong added that the reddish leaves that fall to the ground during summer are particularly desired.
How about that? Can Talisay leaves become a money maker for the Philippines, too?

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2 thoughts on “Talisay Leaves: Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial

  1. Was there a formal study made that Talisay is an antifungal agent? Was it tested to some fungi already?

    Hoping for your quick response regarding this matter. Thank you

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