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Volatile profile of Spanish Cistus plants as sources of antimicrobials for industrial applications

Morales-Soto, A., Oruna-Concha, M. ORCID:, Elmore, J. S. ORCID:, Barrajon-Catalan, E., Micol, V., Roldan, C. and Segura-Carretero, A. (2015) Volatile profile of Spanish Cistus plants as sources of antimicrobials for industrial applications. Industrial Crops and Products, 74. pp. 425-433. ISSN 0926-6690

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.04.034


Cistus is a plant genus traditionally used in folk medicine as remedy for several microbial disorders and infections. The abundance of Cistus spp. in the Iberian Peninsula together with their ability to renew after wildfire contribute to their profitability as suppliers of functional ingredients. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive characterization of the volatile profile of different Cistus plants grown in Spain:Cistus ladanifer L., Cistus albidus L., Cistus salviifolius L., and Cistus clusii Dunal (the latter has not been studied before). A system combining headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC–MS) was implemented; thereby, the volatile compounds were extracted and analyzed in a fast, reliable and environment-friendly way. A total of 111 volatile compounds were identified, 28 of which were reported in Cistus for the first time. The most abundant components of the samples (mono and sesquiterpenes) have been previously reported as potent antimicrobial agents. Therefore, this work reveals the potential use of the Cistus spp. studied as natural sources of antimicrobial compounds for industrial production of cosmeceuticals, among other applications.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
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