Composition and antimalarial activity of the volatile oil of aerial part of halimodendron halodendron
The chemical composition of essential oil obtained by steam distillation from the flower, leaf and stem of Halimodendron halodendron, which is endemic to Kazakhstan, were analysed by GC/FID and GC/MS. The oil has unpleasant smell indicating that the oil composition is different than regular volatile oils. The percentage of the volatile oil in the air–dried plant material is 0.013 % (w/w).The components of the oil were identified by comparing their retention time and mass fragmentation patterns with those of the available references and / or with published data as well as through GCMS library search. This is the first report of the composition of the volatile oil of Halimodendron halodendron. The Volatile oil showed antimalarial activity (Plasmodium falciparum – 50% inhibition).
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