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Vapour phase: a potential future use for essential oils as antimicrobials?

Laird, K. and Phillips, C. A. (2012) Vapour phase: a potential future use for essential oils as antimicrobials? Letters In Applied Microbiology. 54(3), pp. 169-174. 0266-8254.

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Abstract: Essential oil (EO) vapours have been known for their antimicrobial properties since the 4th century B.C.; however, it was not until the early 1960s that research into the potential of these volatile oils was explored. More recently, the use of EOs such as tea tree, bergamot, lavender and eucalyptus in vapour form has been shown to have antimicrobial effects against both bacteria and fungi, with range of methods being developed for dispersal and efficacy testing. To date, many applications for EO vapours as antimicrobials have been identified including in the food and clinical arenas.
Uncontrolled Keywords: antimicrobial, essential oils, vapours
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR75 Bacteria
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP368 Food processing and manufacture
Creators: Laird, Katie and Phillips, Carol A
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 169-174
Journal or Publication Title: Letters In Applied Microbiology
Volume: 54
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0266-8254
Status: Published / Disseminated

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