Evaluation of bioactivity of linalool-rich essential oils from Ocimum basilucum and Coriandrum sativum varieties

Duman A. D., Telci I., Dayisoylu K. S., Digrak M., Demirtas İ., Alma M. H.

Natural Product Communications, vol.5, no.6, pp.969-974, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1934578x1000500634
  • Journal Name: Natural Product Communications
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.969-974
  • Keywords: Basil, Biological activity, Coriander, Essentil oil, Linalool
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


Essential oils from Ocimum basilicum L. and Coriandrum sativum L. varieties originating from Turkey were investigated for their antimicrobial properties. The antimicrobial effects of the oil varieties were evaluated by the disc diffusion and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) methods against eight bacteria and three fungi. The compositions of the essential oils were analyzed and identified by GC and GC-MS. O. basilicum, C. sativum var. macrocarpum and var. microcarpum oils revealed the presence of linalool (54.4%), eugenol (9.6%), methyl eugenol (7.6%); linalool (78.8%), γ-terpinene (6.0%), nerol acetate (3.5%); and linalool (90.6%), and nerol acetate (3.3%) as the major components, respectively. The oils exhibited antibacterial activity ranging from 1.25 to 10 μL disc-1 against the test organisms with inhibition zones of 9.5-39.0 mm and minimal inhibitory concentrations values in the range 0.5-≥1μL/L. Linalool, eugenol, and methyl eugenol at 1.25 μL disc -1 had antimicrobial effects on all microorganisms, giving inhibition zones ranging from 7 to 19 mm.