Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 1–6

Recent developments in the bioactivity of mono- and diterpenes: anticancer and antimicrobial activity


DOI: 10.1007/s11101-011-9212-6

Cite this article as:
Greay, S.J. & Hammer, K.A. Phytochem Rev (2015) 14: 1. doi:10.1007/s11101-011-9212-6


Secondary plant metabolites, and in particular monoterpenes, have been recognised as potential medicinal agents for centuries. As such, terpenes have been the focus of a plethora of scientific studies examining various aspects of their bioactivity. In particular, antimicrobial activity and anticancer potential have been studied extensively. Whilst the antimicrobial and anticancer activity of terpenes has been demonstrated in vitro, fewer studies have been conducted examining specific aspects of the mechanisms of antimicrobial action and anticancer efficacy in vivo. The purpose of this review is therefore to examine recent advances in the areas of antimicrobial and anticancer activity.


Essential oil Tea tree oil Antibacterial Cytotoxicity Antitumour 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Discipline of Microbiology and Immunology (M502), School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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