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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 23  |  Page : 208-211

Essential oil constituents of Illicium griffithii and its antimicrobial activity


1 Department of Chemistry, Captain Srinivasa Murti Research Institute for Ayurveda & Siddha Drug Development (CCRAS), Arignar Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai-600 106, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Captain Srinivasa Murti Research Institute for Ayurveda & Siddha Drug Development (CCRAS), Arignar Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai-600 106, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
A Saraswathy
Captain Srinivasa Murti Research Institute for Ayurveda & Siddha Drug Development (CCRAS), Arignar Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai-600 106, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: ICMR, New Delhi, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.66938

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The essential oil of the fruit of Illicium griffithii Hook f. et Thoms. was extracted using Clevenger's apparatus. Forty-one compounds were characterized by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS). 4-Methyl-6-(2-propenyl)-1,3-benzodioxole was characterized as the major constituent, followed by linalool amongst the volatile constituents. The essential oil was found to be effective against Aspergillus niger, Penicillium spp. and Saccharomyces cerevisiae and possessed considerable activity against Staphylococcus aureus and was inactive against Klebsiella pnemoniae, Pseudomonas aureginosae, Proteus vulgaris and Escherichia coli.


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