Special Issue "Biological Activities of Essential Oils"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: mycology; parasitology; natural products; essential oils; antifungal activity; antiparasitic activity
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The popularity of phytotherapy is at an all-time peak, and the interest in ‘natural’ alternatives or complements to conventional drug therapy is challenging both in human and veterinary medicine. The return of interest in folk remedies, herbal medicines and a green multidisciplinary approach lead to a strengthening of traditional belief systems, with their consequent widespread usage in healing both human and animals.
Essential oils (EOs) are extremely complex mixtures containing volatile substances with a more or less odorous impact, produced either by steam distillation or dry distillation or by means of a mechanical treatment from one single botanic species. As with other plant extracts, they can show antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral properties, and have been screened worldwide as potential sources of novel antimicrobial compounds. Moreover, the biological activities of such compounds comprehend their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antineoplastic actions. Although EO toxicity should be rigorously evaluated before use, their use as nutraceuticals, food preservatives, in food shelf-life hygiene and in controlling plant pathogens represent an interesting perspective.
This Special Issue is devoted to collecting original papers and/or review papers dealing with complementary and alternative approaches to the study of the biological activity of EOs and their application in biological fields.
Prof. Francesca Mancianti
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- essential oils
- biological activity
- veterinary medicine
- aromatic plants
- adverse effects
- food additives
- food preservation
- food spoilage control
- structure–activity relationship
- mechanism of action