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Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 191–194 | Cite as

Composition and in vitro Antifungal Activity of Essential Oils of Erigeron canadensis and Myrtus communis from France

  • M. Curini
  • A. Bianchi
  • F. Epifano
  • R. Bruni
  • L. Torta
  • A. Zambonelli
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Abstract

Essential oils of Erigeron canadensis L. and Myrtus communis L. were tested in vitro as growth inhibitors against phytopathogenic fungi Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn, Fusarium solani (Mart.) Sacc. and Colletotrichum lindemuthianum (Sacc. & Magn.) Briosi & Cav. Both showed weak fungicidal acitivity, except the essential oil of M. communis that exerted a 60% growth inhibition against R. Solani at a dose of 1600 ppm. Microscopic observation revealed that the essential oil of M. Communis caused morphological alterations of hyphae of all fungi at 1600 ppm, while, at the same dose, only the hyphal morphology of C. Lindemuthianum was affected by the essential oil of Er. Canadensis.

Erigeron canadensis Myrtus communis mycelial inhibition phytopathogenic fungi 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Curini
    • 1
  • A. Bianchi
    • 2
  • F. Epifano
    • 1
  • R. Bruni
    • 2
  • L. Torta
    • 3
  • A. Zambonelli
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologia del Farmaco, Sezione di Chimica OrganicaPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Biologia Evolutiva e FunzionaleUniversità degli StudiParmaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento SENFIMIZO, Settore FitopatologiaUniversità degli StudiPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Protezione e Valorizzazione AgroalimentareUnviersità degli StudiBolognaItaly

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