Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 311–314 | Cite as

Ferula gummosa Fruits: An Aromatic Antimicrobial Agent

  • Y. Ghasemi
  • P. Faridi
  • I. Mehregan
  • A. Mohagheghzadeh


Ferula gummosa Boiss. (Apiaceae) fruit volatile oil was analyzed by GC/MS. Seventy-three components (96.89%) were identified, and the major components were β-pinene (43.78%), α-pinene (27.27%), and myrcene (3.37%). The antimicrobial activity of the oil was tested on three strains of Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermis, and Bacillus subtilis), three strains of Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), and two strains of fungi (Candida albicans and C. kefyr). The essential oil remarkably inhibited the growth of the tested microorganisms. The results indicate that the fruits have potential for use as an aromatic antimicrobial agent.

Key words

Ferula gummosa Apiaceae antimicrobial essential oil GC/MS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Ghasemi
    • 1
  • P. Faridi
    • 1
  • I. Mehregan
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Mohagheghzadeh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyShiraz University of Medical Sciences and Health ServicesShirazIran
  2. 2.Institut fur swzielle Botanik Johannes Guttenburg-UniversitatMainzGermany

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