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Analysis of the essential oil of wild oregano from Martinique (Coleus aromaticus Benth.): evaluation of its bacteriostatic and fungistatic properties  [1995]

Prudent, D. (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Toulouse, Toulouse, France.) Perineau, F. Bessiere, J.M. Michel, G.M. et al.

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The secretory elements of the essential oil from Coleus aromaticus from Martinique were observed under the scanning electron microscope. The composition of the oil was analyzed and found to consist mainly of phenolic components, with carvacrol (72%) being the major compound. Five compounds were identified for the first time in the oil of C. aromaticus. They were (Z)-1, 3-hexadiene (0.1%), (Z)-3-hexenol (0.6%), (E,Z)-alpha-farnesene (0.2%), (E,E)-alpha-farnesene (0.2%) and alpha-muurolene (0.2%). The biostatic activity of the leaf oil was tested on six bacterial and six fungal strains. It was found to have activity against Vibrio chlorea with a MIC of 0.125 mg/mL

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Journal of essential oil research : JEOR (USA)

ISSN : 1041-2905