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Essential Oils and Antifungal Activity

Institute of Food Science-National Research Council (CNR-ISA), Via Roma 64, 83100 Avellino, Italy
DiAAA, Molise University, Via de Sanctis s.n., 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Department of Pharmacy, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
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Pharmaceuticals 2017, 10(4), 86;
Received: 13 October 2017 / Revised: 27 October 2017 / Accepted: 30 October 2017 / Published: 2 November 2017
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Since ancient times, folk medicine and agro-food science have benefitted from the use of plant derivatives, such as essential oils, to combat different diseases, as well as to preserve food. In Nature, essential oils play a fundamental role in protecting the plant from biotic and abiotic attacks to which it may be subjected. Many researchers have analyzed in detail the modes of action of essential oils and most of their components. The purpose of this brief review is to describe the properties of essential oils, principally as antifungal agents, and their role in blocking cell communication mechanisms, fungal biofilm formation, and mycotoxin production. View Full-Text
Keywords: essential oils; antifungal; biofilm; mycotoxins; quorum sensing; human health essential oils; antifungal; biofilm; mycotoxins; quorum sensing; human health
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Nazzaro, F.; Fratianni, F.; Coppola, R.; Feo, V.D. Essential Oils and Antifungal Activity. Pharmaceuticals 2017, 10, 86.

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Nazzaro, Filomena, Florinda Fratianni, Raffaele Coppola, and Vincenzo De Feo. 2017. "Essential Oils and Antifungal Activity" Pharmaceuticals 10, no. 4: 86.

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