The essential oil profiles and antibacterial activity of six wild Cinnamomum species

Charles Santhanaraju Vairappan, and Thilahgavani Nagappan, and Julius Kulip, (2014) The essential oil profiles and antibacterial activity of six wild Cinnamomum species. Natural Product Communications, 9 (9). pp. 1387-1389. ISSN 1555-9475


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The essential oil composition of six species of wild Cinnamomum found in Borneo was investigated. The oils were obtained from bark by hydrodistillation and the volatile chemical profile was obtained via Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS). A total of 65 volatile constituents were identified, where the essential oils of the studied specimens contained high contents of oxygenated monoterpenes. Eucalyptol (1.2-31.1%), terpinen-4-ol (7.9-22.1%), eugenol (0.4-37.9%) and α-cadinol (0.4-1.8%) were detected consistently in the specimens studied. The oils of C. cuspidatum and C. crassinervium exhibited significant inhibition against Listeria monocytogenes, specifically the latter, which displayed a lower minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) value against Staphylococcus aereus and L. monocytogenes. This result had highlighted the possible usage of the essential oil derived from wild cinnamom species against food borne pathogens.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:essential oil, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), wild Cinnamomum, Borneo
Subjects:Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions:SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
ID Code:11961
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 12:21
Last Modified:30 Oct 2015 12:21

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