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Microbiol Res. 2014 Apr;169(4):240-54. doi: 10.1016/j.micres.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Oct 24.

Antimicrobial and antioxidative activity of extracts and essential oils of Myrtus communis L.

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1
Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovica 2, Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia.
2
Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovica 2, Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. Electronic address: petar.knezevic@dbe.uns.ac.rs.

Abstract

Since synthetic antimicrobial agents and food additives can cause a number of adverse effects, there is a growing interest from consumers in ingredients from natural sources. Medicinal plants, such as Myrtus communis L. are a source of new compounds which can be used in both the food industry and for medical purposes, primarily as antimicrobial agents. In this review, the characteristics of myrtle essential oils and extracts are summarized, with particular attention to their chemical composition, biological activities and potential applications.

KEYWORDS:

Antimicrobial activity; Antioxidative activity; Essential oils; Myrtus communis L.; Plant extracts

PMID:
24291016
DOI:
10.1016/j.micres.2013.10.003
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