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Vet. Sci., Volume 5, Issue 2 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Prototheca is an achlorophyllous alga, widespread in manure, soil, and water. Prototheca mastitis [...] Read more. Prototheca is an achlorophyllous alga, widespread in manure, soil, and water. Prototheca mastitis can result in heavy economic losses, posing a serious concern for both animal health and dairy industry. The present study evaluates, using a microdilution test, the in vitro antialgal activity of 30 chemically defined essential oils (EOs) against isolates of Prototheca zopfii and Prototheca blaschkeae obtained from the milk of dairy cows with mastitis. Citrus paradisi yielded the lowest MIC values (0.75%) for both algal species, followed by Litsea cubeba , Thymus vulgaris , Origanum vulgare and Citrus bergamia. These results are promising, and further investigations will evaluate the efficacy of EO-based products for the disinfection of both cows’ udders and milking equipment. View this paper