Special Issue "Essential Oils: Chemistry and Bioactivity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)
Prof. Olga Tzakou
School of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, Athens, Greece
Interests: chemical analysis of essential oils; chemotaxonomic studies of plant taxa (interpopulation differentiation and identification of diagnostic markers); evaluation of bioactivity (larvicidal, insect repellent, antifungal, etc.)
Essential oils are odorous products usually of a very complex composition, which frequently exhibit significant fluctuations, displaying seasonal and geographical variations. In nature, their physiological role is important in the protection of plants as antivirals, antibacterial, antifungals, insecticides and also against herbivores, by reducing their appetite for the producing plants. Additionally, they may attract insects to favor the dispersion of pollen and seeds, or repel unfavorable insects. Essential oils have a long history of use in traditional medicine as antimicrobial agents. Besides their antimicrobial activity, they exhibit various biological activities including antiinflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, antidiabetic, spasmolytic, sedative, cancer suppressive, insecticidal, insect repellent, etc.
This Special Issue aims to attract contributions on all aspects of the chemistry and bioactivity of essential oils, as well as on new methodologies for their isolation. Still there is a challenge to further explore the range of their biological effects and their potential applications in medicine and agriculture among others.
Prof. Olga Tzakou
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• chemical analysis
• biological activities
• ecological functions