Archives of Biological Sciences 2010 Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages: 159-166
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Antimicrobial activity of Satureja hortensis L. essential oil against pathogenic microbial strains

Mihajilov-Krstev Tatjana, Radnović Dragan, Kitić Dušanka, Stojanović-Radić Zorica, Zlatković Bojan

A hydro-distilled oil of Satureja hortensis L. was investigated for its antimicrobial activity against a panel of 11 bacterial and three fungal strains. The antimicrobial activity was determined using the disk-diffusion and broth microdilution methods. The essential oil of S. hortensis L. showed significant activity against a wide spectrum of Gram (-) bacteria (MIC/MBC=0.025-0.78/0.05-0.78 μl/ml) and Gram (+) bacteria (MIC/MBC=0.05-0.39/0.05-0.78 μl/ml), as well as against fungal strains (MIC/MBC=0.20/0.78 μl/ml). The results indicate that this oil can be used in food conservation, treatment of different diseases of humans, and also for the treatment of plants infected by phytopathogens.

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Keywords: Satureja L., Satureja hortensis, essential oils, antimicrobial activity