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Phytother Res. 2004 Sep;18(9):713-7.

The chemical composition of some Lauraceae essential oils and their antifungal activities.

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Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. Simicana@bfbot.bg.ac.yu

Abstract

The antifungal activity of Aniba rosaeodora, Laurus nobilis, Sassafras albidum and Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oils were investigated against 17 micromycetes. Among the tested fungal species were food poisoning, spoilage fungi, plant and animal pathogens. In order to determine fungistatic and fungicidal concentrations (MIC and MFC) macrodilution and microdilution tests were used. Linalool was the main component in the essential oil of A. rosaeodora, while 1.8-cineole was dominant in L. nobilis. In sassafras essential oil safrole was the major component and in the oil of C. zeylanicum the main component was trans-cinnamaldehyde. The essential oil of cinnamon showed the strongest antifungal activity.

PMID:
15478207
DOI:
10.1002/ptr.1516
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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