European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 224, Issue 1, pp 27–31 | Cite as

Analysis of volatile compounds of eucalyptus honey by solid phase extraction followed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry

  • Lucía Castro Vázquez
  • M. Consuelo Díaz-MarotoEmail author
  • Emilia Guchu
  • M. Soledad Pérez-Coello
Original Paper


Solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry has been used for the analysis of volatile compounds of eucalyptus honey. Different amounts of honey and dichloromethane were employed to optimize solid-phase extraction conditions. The best result was obtained with 20 g of honey eluted with 60 mL of dichloromethane. This method presented a good precision for volatile compounds usually found in honeys and allowed the quantification of 35 volatile compounds (terpenes and derivatives, furan and pyran compounds, ketones, benzene compounds, acids, and norisoprenoids) of eucalyptus honey.


Eucalyptus honey Volatile compounds Solid-phase extraction 



The authors are grateful to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (INIA) for financial support under project API 99-004.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucía Castro Vázquez
    • 1
  • M. Consuelo Díaz-Maroto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emilia Guchu
    • 1
  • M. Soledad Pérez-Coello
    • 1
  1. 1.Área de Tecnología de los AlimentosFacultad de Ciencias QuímicasCiudad RealSpain

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