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Journal of Essential Oil Research

http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tjeo2015

Chemical composition and antibacterial activitiy of the

essential oils of Algerian Myrtus communis L.

Aïcha Henniaa, Moussa Bradab, Saïd Nemmichea, Marie-Laure Fauconnier& Georges Lognayd

Département de Biotechnologie, Faculté SNV, Université de Mostaganem, Mostaganem,

Algeria

Laboratoire de Valorisation des Substances Naturelles, Université deKhemis-Miliana, Route

de Thenia-Souffay, W. Aïn-Defla, Algeria

Departement Agro Bio Chem, Laboratoire de Chimie Générale et Organique, Université de

Liège, Gembloux, Belgium

Departement Agro Bio Chem, Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique, Université de Liège,

Gembloux, Belgium

Received: 27 Mar 2014 ; Accepted: 24 Feb 2015 ; Published online: 25 Mar 2015

Abstract

Myrtus communis L. leaf essential oils from Algeria were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A total of thirty-four components were identified accounting for 95% of the oil. The main compounds were limonene (23.4%), linalool (15.4%), geranyl acetate (10.9%), α-pinene (10.7%), linalyl acetate (8.2%) and 1,8-cineole (6.6%).The antimicrobial evaluation showed that myrtle oil exhibited good antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureusProteus mirabilis and Kleibsiella pneumonia, but differed according to the strains. Conversely, it was not active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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