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Molecules 2001, 6(2), 87-91; doi:10.3390/60100087

Determining the Antimicrobial Actions of Tea Tree Oil

1,* , 1, 1, 2, 2 and 1
1 Centre for Biostructural and Biomolecular Research, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia 2 Genetica Biotechnologies, Bentley, Western Australia
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Received: 17 August 2000 / Accepted: 20 October 2000 / Published: 16 January 2001
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RACI Natural Products Group Symposium)
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Research into the mode of action of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil) is briefly reviewed. Its mode of action is interpreted in terms of the membrane-toxicity of its monoterpenoid components and different approaches for determining cell membrane damage are discussed.
Keywords: essential oil; monoterpene; antimicrobial; tea tree essential oil; monoterpene; antimicrobial; tea tree
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Cox, S.D.; Mann, C.M.; Markham, J.L.; Gustafson, J.E.; Warmington, J.R.; Wyllie, S.G. Determining the Antimicrobial Actions of Tea Tree Oil. Molecules 2001, 6, 87-91.

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