Chemical characterization and antifungal activity of essential oil of capitula from wild India Tagetes patula L

University of Ferrara, Ferrare, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Protoplasma (Impact Factor: 2.65). 05/2005; 225(1-2):57-65. DOI: 10.1007/s00709-005-0084-8
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The essential oil extracted by steam distillation from the capitula of Indian Tagetes patula, Asteraceae, was evaluated for its antifungal properties and analyzed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Thirty compounds were identified, representing 89.1% of the total detected. The main components were piperitone (24.74%), piperitenone (22.93%), terpinolene (7.8%), dihydro tagetone (4.91%), cis-tagetone (4.62%), limonene (4.52%), and allo-ocimene (3.66%). The oil exerted a good antifungal activity against two phytopathogenic fungi, Botrytis cinerea and Penicillium digitatum, providing complete growth inhibition at 10 microl/ml and 1.25 microl/ml, respectively. The contribution of the two main compounds, piperitone and piperitenone, to the antifungal efficacy was also evaluated and ultrastructural modifications in mycelia were observed via electron microscopy, evidencing large alterations in hyphal morphology and a multisite mechanism of action.

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    • "Up to the present day, these characteristics have not changed much except that more is now known about some of their mechanisms of action, particularly at the antimicrobial level. A survey of literature reveals that there are many essential oils which possess antifungal activity (Soliman and Badeaa 2002; Thoppil et al. 2003; Govinden-Soulange et al. 2004; Romagnoli et al. 2005; Pinto et al. 2006; Tabanca et al. 2007; Tullio et al. 2007; Dutta et al. 2007). They were reported to have antimicrobial activities such as antifungal (Soliman and Badeaa 2002), antibacterial (Dorman et al. 2000), insecticidal (Isman 2000) and nematicidal effects (Pandey et al. 2000). "

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    • "The suppression of fungal growth after treatment with many essential oils is associated with the degeneration of fungal hyphae and alterations in the endomembrane system (Romagnoli et al. 2005; Soylu et al. 2006). TTO can induce membrane or ultrastructure damage that can be visualized by electron microscopy in both bacterial and fungal cells (Carson et al. 2002; Shao et al. 2013b). "
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