Essential Oils in Citrus

  • Sergio Fatta Del BoscoEmail author
  • Loredana Abbate
  • Francesco Mercati
  • Edoardo Napoli
  • Giuseppe Ruberto
Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)


Citrus essential oils are precious natural compounds characterized by a strong odor and formed as secondary metabolites. They are widely used in many fields all over the world and they have a large economic impact. Their pleasant flavors, bioactive capacity and nutritional value make them an integral part of pharmaceutical, agricultural, cosmetic and food industries. An insight into the chemical compositions of citrus essential oils and their presence in commercial citrus species is given. The chapter presents an overview on the different fields of application of citrus essential oils. The modern frontiers of genetics and biotechnologies open new opportunities for their use in human health, agriculture and environment; potentials, future prospects and challenges are also discussed.


Citrus Essential oils Natural compounds Chemical composition Plant extracts Omics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Fatta Del Bosco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Loredana Abbate
    • 1
  • Francesco Mercati
    • 1
  • Edoardo Napoli
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Ruberto
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biosciences and BioresourcesNational Research Council of ItalyPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Istituto del CNR di Chimica Biomolecolare (ICB-CNR)CataniaItaly

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