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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Simpson, Gregory C.; Jackson, Yvette A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Chemistry
Article Title
Comparison of the chemical composition of East Indian, Jamaican and other West Indian essential oils of Myristical fragrans Houtt.
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Journal Title
Journal of essential oil research
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Date of Publication
2002
Volume ID
14
Issue ID
1
Page(s)
6-9
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ISSN
1041-2905
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Abstract
Analyses of the essential oil of Myristica fracrans Houttuyn (nutmeg oil), from St. Catherine, Jamaica were compared with the literature data (1976-1997) for West Indian (primarily Grenadian) and East Indian nutmeg oils. GC, GC/MS and RP-HPLC strategies, were used to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the Jamaican oil which was found to contain lower quantities (weight percent) of the phenylpropanoids myristicin (0.16%) and safrole (<0.2%), than the East Indian oils, Three isomers of ocimene, namely (E)-β-ocimene, (Z)-β-ocimene and (Z)-α-ocimene where identified in the Jamaican oil. These have not been reported as being present in the other oils under review. The monoterpenoids α-pinene (19,9%), β-pinene (18.8%), and terpinen-4-ol (17.8%) also showed differences in amounts. which could lead to use of these compounds as markers to distinguish between the West Indian oils.....
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