Portuguese Thymbra and Thymus Species Volatiles: Chemical Composition and Biological Activities

Author(s): A. C. Figueiredo, J. G. Barroso, L. G. Pedro, L. Salgueiro, M. G. Miguel, M. L. Faleiro

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 14 , Issue 29 , 2008

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Thymbra capitata and Thymus species are commonly known in Portugal as thyme and they are currently used as culinary herbs, as well as for ornamental, aromatizing and traditional medicinal purposes. The present work reports on the state of the art on the information available on the taxonomy, ethnobotany, cell and molecular biology of the Portuguese representatives of these genera and on the chemotaxonomy and antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities of their essential oils and other volatile-containing extracts.

Keywords: Lamiaceae, Labiateae, Thymbra, Thymus, volatiles, essential oil, biological activity, Portugal

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Year: 2008
Page: [3120 - 3140]
Pages: 21
DOI: 10.2174/138161208786404218
Price: $65

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