Seasonal variation in content, chemical composition and antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of essential oils from four Mentha species.

  title={Seasonal variation in content, chemical composition and antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of essential oils from four Mentha species.},
  author={Abdullah Ijaz Hussain and Farooq Anwar and Poonam Singh Nigam and Muhammad Ashraf and Anwarul H. Gilani},
  journal={Journal of the science of food and agriculture},
  volume={90 11},
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to appraise variation in the chemical composition, and antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of essential oils from the leaves of four Mentha species-M. arvensis, M. piperita, M. longifolia and M. spicata-as affected by harvesting season. Disc diffusion and broth microdilution susceptibility assays were used to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of Mentha essential oils against a panel of microorganisms. The cytotoxicity of essential oils was tested… 

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