Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 819–821 | Cite as

Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of the volatile oils from Artemisia turcomanica

  • Z. Habibi
  • M. Yousefi
  • M. Mohammadi
  • F. Eftekhar
  • T. Biniyaz
  • A. Rustaiyan

The genus Artemisia from the family Asteraceae is a genus of small herbs or shrubs and is represented by 34 species growing in different parts of Iran, of which two are endemic [1]. This perennial herb, distributed in different regions of Iran and China, has been of great interest to Iranian and Chinese folk medicine.

To the best of our knowledge, a detailed investigation of the aroma volatiles of A. turcomanica Gand. has not yet been undertaken. Previously two new germacranolides and several known sesquiterpene lactones have been isolated from the methanol extract of A. turcomanica [2]. The aim of the present work was to investigate the chemical profile of A. turcomanica essential oils by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) and to determine their antibacterial activities.

Thirty-nine volatile components, which were identified on the basis of their mass spectra characteristics, retention indices, and 13C NMR spectra, are presented in Table  1. The yields of the essential oils...


Camphor Linalool Sesquiterpene Lactone Borneol Methyl Eugenol 
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We are grateful to Dr. V. Mozaffarian (Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Tehran) for helpful assistance in collecting plant material and botanical identification. Also we would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the Research Council of Shahid Beheshti University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Habibi
    • 1
  • M. Yousefi
    • 1
  • M. Mohammadi
    • 1
  • F. Eftekhar
    • 2
  • T. Biniyaz
    • 1
  • A. Rustaiyan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceShahid Beheshti University, GCTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Microiology, Faculty of Biological SciencesShahid Beheshti University, GCTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, Scinece & Research CampusIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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