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Antimicrobial activity of plant essential oils against bacterial and fungal species involved in food poisoning and/or food decay.
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PMID:  21462837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The currative properties of aromatic and medicinal plants have been recognized since ancient times and, more recently, the antimicrobial activity of plant essential oils has been used in several applications, including food preservation. The purpose of this study was to create directly comparable, quantitative data on the antimicrobial activity of some plant essential oils prepared in the National Institute of Research-Development for Chemistry and Petrochemistry, Bucharest to be used for the further development of food packaging technology, based on their antibacterial and antifungal activity. The essential oils extracted from thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.), basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.), sage (Salvia officinalis L.), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare L.), spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) and carraway (Carum carvi L.) were investigated for their antimicrobial activity against eleven different bacterial and three fungal strains belonging to species reported to be involved in food poisoning and/or food decay: S. aureus ATCC 25923, S. aureus ATCC 6538, S. aureus ATCC 25913, E. coli ATCC 25922, E. coli ATCC 35218, Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis Cantacuzino Institute Culture Collection (CICC) 10878, Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19112, Bacillus cereus CIP 5127, Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778, Candida albicans ATCC 10231, Aspergillus niger ATCC 16404, Penicillium spp. CICC 251 and two E. coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis clinical isolates. The majority of the tested essential oils exibited considerable inhibitory capacity against all the organisms tested, as supported by growth inhibition zone diameters, MICs and MBC's. Thyme, coriander and basil oils proved the best antibacterial activity, while thyme and spearmint oils better inhibited the fungal species.
Brînduşa-Elena Lixandru; Nicoleta Olguţa Drăcea; Cristiana Cerasella Dragomirescu; Elena Carmina Drăgulescu; Ileana Luminiţa Coldea; Liliana Anton; Elena Dobre; Camelia Rovinaru; Irina Codiţă
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Roumanian archives of microbiology and immunology     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1222-3891     ISO Abbreviation:  Roum Arch Microbiol Immunol     Publication Date:    2010 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204717     Medline TA:  Roum Arch Microbiol Immunol     Country:  Romania    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  224-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cantacuzino" National Institute of Research-Development for Microbiology and Immunology, Bucharest, România.
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