Chemotaxonomical markers in essential oil of Murraya koenigii

Thilahgavani Nagappan, and Perumal Ramasamy, and Charles Santhanaraju Vairappan, (2012) Chemotaxonomical markers in essential oil of Murraya koenigii. Natural product communications, 7 (10). pp. 1375-1378.


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The composition of the essential oils of Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng, cultivated at six locations in Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo are presented. The oils were obtained from fresh leaves by hydrodistillation and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS); 61 compounds were identified, of which eleven were present in all the specimens analyzed. The two major volatile metabolites were identified as beta-caryophyllene (16.6-26.6%) and alpha-humulene (15.2-26.7%) along with nine minor compounds identified as beta-elemene (0.3-1.3%), aromadendrene (0.5-1.5%), beta-selinene (3.8-6.5%), spathulenol (0.6-2.7%), caryophyllene oxide (0.7-3.6%), viridiflorol (1.5-5.5%), 2-naphthalenemethanol (0.7-4.8%), trivertal (0.1-1.0%) and juniper camphor (2.6-8.3%). The results suggest that beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene could be used as chemotaxonomical markers for Malaysian M. koenigii, hence these specimens could be of the same stock and different from the ones in India, Thailand and China.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urraya koenigii (L.) Spreng , gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), beta-caryophyllene
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 08:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 04:37

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