The Potential Phytoncide Effect of Allium cepa L. Extracts

Tatiana Petrar, Antonia Odagiu, Cristian Mălinaș, Claudia Balint


It is well known that phytoncides are represented by a series volatile organic substances, produced by plants, and they are characterized by special antimicrobial properties. The chemical nature of phytoncides is very diverse. Usually, they belong to groups of compounds included in the classes of: glycosides, terpenes, pigments, etc. Antimicrobial capacity is species specific. Research on the antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties of Allium cepa L. has revealed a number of peculiarities, but these are carried out, especially in vitro, in field experiments related to the above mentioned properties of the plant being little addressed.


biomolecules, glycosides, onion, plant diseases

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