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Nat Prod Res. 2015;29(23):2238-41. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2015.1007136. Epub 2015 Jul 24.

Activity antifungal of the essential oils; aqueous and ethanol extracts from Citrus aurantium L.

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a Centre technique des agrumes , Tunisie.
b Laboratoire de Protection des Végétaux, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie , Rue Hédi Karray, 2080 Ariana , Tunisie.
c Laboratoire de Gestion et Valorisation des Ressources Forestières, Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural , Eaux et Forêts. BP 10, 2080 Ariana , Tunisie.
d Institut Supérieur d'Education et de Formation Continue , Tunis , Tunisie.


Our study is about the essential oil of Citrus aurantium L. in Tunisia and its plant extract. The yield of this essential oil is 0, 56% but the yield of the extract of plant was 17.1% for the aqueous extract ant 18.3% for the ethanolic extract. The analysis of chemical composition by using GC and GC/MS showed the essential oil of C. aurantium L. species to be rich in monoterpenes such as α-terpineol, lianolyl acetate, linalool and limonene. The antifungal activity of this oil showed us an inhibition of the germination of mushrooms, in the same way we could note that the biologic activities are generally assigned to the chemotypes high content in oxygenated monoterpene.


Citrus aurantium L; antifungal activity; chemical pesticides; chemotypes; essential oil; herbicides; oxygenated monterpene; weed

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