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Title: Ancient Essential Oils: Exploring the Effects of Age on Bioactivity
Contributor(s): Sadgrove, Nicholas (author); Jones, Graham L (author)orcid ; Watson, Kenneth (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2004.9700489
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Abstract: It seems reasonable to expect that the molecular composition and bioactivity of essential oils will undergo changes after protracted storage times, reflecting, among other things, the effects of differential evaporation, photo-oxidisation or temperature. These effects may produce significant changes despite careful handling and storage during the ensuing storage period. Long-term effects are not expected to be consistent across a range of oils, which makes it relatively difficult to predict successful preservation or changes in activity as benign or otherwise. Here we compare the composition and bioactivity of oils prepared by hydrodistillation from a range of common aromatic plants over 75 years ago and subsequently stored at room temperature with oils from the same species recently hydrodistilled in our laboratory or sourced from commercial suppliers. Tests for bioactivity focus on free radical scavenging, antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal activities across a range of essential oils; using DPPH, FRAP, broth dilution/disc diffusion and a core transplant method, respectively. TLC and TLC-bioautography is used to further correlate effects of likely changes in chemical composition with bioactivity of discrete components identified following characterization using GC/MS. Results may serve as a useful guide for appropriate preservation of commercial essential oils.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 42nd International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO), Antalya, Turkey, 11th - 14th September, 2011
Source of Publication: 2011 ISEO Abstracts, p. 116-116
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1041-2905
Field of Research (FOR): 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Series Name: Journal of Essential Oil Research
Series Number : Volume 23, Supplement 1
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