Pietro Lo Cantore, Nicola Sante Iacobellis, Vellasamy Shanmugaiah, Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oil Components and Their Potential Use in Seed Disinfection. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2009, 57 (20), pp 9454–9461

Among the main (≥0.7%) components of some essential oils, considerable antibacterial activity was shown by terpenoid and phenylpropanoid derivatives containing phenol and alcohol functionalities. A reduced or no activity was shown by those derivatives containing ketones, aldehydes, ethers, and ester functionalities as well as the remaining terpenoids. Eugenol emulsion treatments (1−8 mg/mL) of bean seeds bearing about 2.6 × 106 cfu/seed of strain ICMP239 of Xanthomonas campestris pv. phaseoli var. fuscans determined a highly significant reduction of the bacteria on seeds. In particular, eugenol at 4 mg/mL disinfect seeds bearing about 7.0 × 102 cfu/seed and lower densities. However, after 72 h, incubation treatments with 2, 4, and 8 mg/mL of eugenol caused germination reduction of 3%, 7%, and 16%, respectively, which was significantly different from the controls. No effect on germination was observed with 1 mg/mL eugenol emulsion treatment. These data indicate eugenol as potentially useful for bean seed disinfection from X. campestris pv. phaseoli var. fuscans. Further studies on the effects on seed vitality and on formulation of essential oils are needed.


Rubiolo P, Matteodo M, Bicchi C, Appendino G, Gnavi G, Bertea C, Maffei M. Chemical and biomolecular characterization of Artemisia umbelliformis Lam., an important ingredient of the alpine liqueur "Genepi". J Agric Food Chem. 2009;57(9):3436-43

Artemisia umbelliformis Lam., an important alpine plant used for the preparation of flavored beverages, showed a remarkable intraspecific variability, at both genomic and gene product (secondary metabolites) levels. The variability of A. umbelliformis Lam. currently cultivated in Piedmont (Italy, Au1) and in Switzerland (Au2) was investigated by combining the chemical analysis of essential oil and sesquiterpene lactones and the molecular characterization of the 5S-rRNA-NTS gene by PCR and PCR-RFLP. Marked differences were observed between the two plants. Au1 essential oil contained alpha- and beta-thujones as the main components, whereas Au2 contained 1,8-cineole, borneol, and beta-pinene. Au1 sesquiterpene lactone fractions contained cis-8-eudesmanolide derivatives and Au2 the trans-6-germacranolide costunolide. Specific A. umbelliformis Au1 and Au2 primers were designed on the sequence of the 5S-rRNA gene spacer region. Furthermore, a PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method was applied using RsaI and TaqI restriction enzymes. Chemical and biomolecular data contributed to the characterization of A. umbeliformis chemotypes.



Barra A, Coroneo V, Dessi S, Cabras P, Angioni A. Characterization of the volatile constituents in the essential oil of Pistacia lentiscus L. from different origins and its antifungal and antioxidant activity. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Aug 22;55(17):7093-8


Essential oil (EO) from aerial parts (leaves, juvenile branches, and flowers when present) of Pistacia lentiscus L. growing wild in five localities of Sardinia (Italy) was extracted by steam-distillation (SD) and analyzed by gas chromatography (GC), FID, and GC-ion trap mass spectrometry (ITMS). Samples of P. lentiscus L. were harvested between April and October to study the seasonal chemical variability of the EO. A total of 45 compounds accounting for 97.5-98.4% of the total EO were identified, and the major compounds were alpha-pinene (14.8-22.6%), beta-myrcene (1-19.4%), p-cymene (1.6-16.2%), and terpinen-4-ol (14.2-28.3%). The yields of EO (v/dry w) ranged between 0.09 and 0.32%. Similar content of the major compounds was found in samples from different origins and seasonal variability was also observed. The EOs were tested for their antifungal activity against Aspergillus flavus, Rhizoctonia solani, Penicillium commune, Fusarium oxysporum. Two samples were weakly effective against Aspergillus flavus. Furthermore, terpinenol and alpha-terpineol, two of the major components of EO of Pistacia lentiscus L., totally inhibited the mycelian growth of A. flavus. Quite good antioxidant activity of the EO was also found.