Eucalyptus, Research Updates|

Objective
Essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora is a natural product which has been attributed for various medicinal uses. In the present investigation, E. citriodora essential oil was used to evaluate its antifungal effect against medically important dermatophytes.

Material and methods
Essential oil from the Algerian E. citriodora leaves was analyzed by GC and GC/MS. The antifungal effect of E. citriodora essential oil was evaluated against four dermatophytes: Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseumTrichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton rubrum using disc diffusion method, disc volatilization method, and agar dilution method.

Results
The chemical composition of the oil revealed the presence of 22 compounds accounting for 95.27% of the oil. The dominant compounds were citronellal (69.77%), citronellol (10.63%) and isopulegol (4.66%). The disc diffusion method, MIC and MFC determination, indicated that E. citriodora essential oil had a higher antifungal potential against the tested strains with inhibition zone diameter which varied from (12 to 90 mm) and MIC and MFC values ranged from (0.6 to 5 μL/mL and 1.25 to 5 μL/mL) respectively. The M. gypseum was the most resistant to the oil.

Conclusion
The results of the present study indicated that E. citriodora essential oil may be used as a new antifungal agent recommended by the pharmaceutical industries.

Reference: Tolba, H., H. Moghrani, A. Aboun and R. Maachi (2018). “Essential oil of Algerian Eucalyptus citriodora: Chemical composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.” Nature & Technology(18): 19-27.

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