Volatile Constituents and Antimicrobial Activities from Flower and Fruit of Arbutus unedo L.

KAHRİMAN N., Albay C. G. , DOĞAN N., USTA A. , Karaoglu S. A. , YAYLI N.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.22, no.8, pp.6437-6442, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Page Numbers: pp.6437-6442


Essential oils isolated by hydrodistillation from flower and fruit of Arbutus unedo growing in Turkey were analyzed by GC and GC/MS. Forty-nine compounds, representing around 95 % of the total oils were identified. Non-terpenoids hydrocarbons were shown to be the main group of constituents of the flower and fruit part of the plant in the ratio of 62.2 and 92.8 %, respectively. The major component in the essential oil of the flower was a-terpineol (16.3 %) and the main compound in the essential oil of the fruit was hexadecanoic acid (21.7 %). The antimicrobial activity of the isolated essential oils of the flower and fruit were also investigated and it showed moderate antibacterial activity against Listeria monocitogenes and Enterococcus faecalis.