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Findings from University of Yuzuncu Yil Has Provided New Data on Plant Science

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Fresh data on Life Science Research are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Van, Turkey, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "In recent years, the screening of antibacterial activity has been the subject of much research, and the antibacterial activity of essential oils could be a promising subject for future investigation. In this study, the antibacterial activities of Juniperus horizontalis essential oils and their components were investigated."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Yuzuncu Yil, "Essential oils were isolated using the hydro-distillation method and their components were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The main compounds found in the oil of leaves were linalool (33.76%), P-cymene (23.20%), gamma-terpinene (8.67%), trans-sabinene hydrate (8.59%), thyme camphor (8.49%), carvol (5.08%) and borneol (4.22%). Juniperus horizontalis essential oils were evaluated for antibacterial activity against six bacterial strains using the disc diffusion method. The results indicate that the essential oil of J. horizontalis shows variable and significant antibacterial activities against the six tested bacteria species. The diameters of the inhibition zones formed for bacteria were measured."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The lowest inhibition zone was 12 mm (sensitive) against Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 10145 and the highest zone was 32 mm (extremely sensitive) against Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212."

For more information on this research see: Chemical composition and antibacterial activities of Juniperus horizontalis essential oil. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2014;94(2):323-327. Canadian Journal of Plant Science can be contacted at: Agricultural Inst Canada, 280 Albert St, Suite 900, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G8, Canada. (NRC Research Press -; Canadian Journal of Plant Science -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Eryigit, Van Yuzuncu Yil Univ, Dept. of Biol, Van, Turkey. Additional authors for this research include N. Okut, K. Ekici and B. Yildirim (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Van, Turkey, Eurasia, Life Science Research

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