Planta Med 1999; 65(8): 749-752
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-960856

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Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of the Essential Oils of Pistacia lentiscus var. chia

Prokopios Magiatis, Eleni Melliou, Alexios-Leandros Skaltsounis, Ioanna B. Chinou, Sofia Mitaku
  • Division of Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmacy, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografou, Greece
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04 January 2007 (online)


The chemical composition of the three essential oils obtained by steam distillation of the mastic gum, leaves and twigs of Pistacia lentiscus var. chia, was studied by GC/MS. Sixty nine constituents were identified from the oils. α-Pinene, myrcene, trans-caryophyllene and germacrene D were found to be the major components. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of the three essential oils and of the resin (total, acid and neutral fraction) against six bacteria and three fungi is reported.