Essential Oils and Antifungal Activity

Nazzaro F, Fratianni F, Coppola R, Feo V
Pharmaceuticals (Basel), 2017


Since ancient times, folk medicine and agro-food science have benefitted from the use of plant derivatives, such as essential oils, to combat different diseases, as well as to preserve food. In Nature, essential oils play a fundamental role in protecting the plant from biotic and abiotic attacks to which it may be subjected. Many researchers have analyzed in detail the modes of action of essential oils and most of their components. The purpose of this brief review is to describe the properties of essential oils, principally as antifungal agents, and their role in blocking cell communication mechanisms, fungal biofilm formation, and mycotoxin production.


Nazzaro F, Fratianni F, Coppola R et al. Essential Oils and Antifungal Activity. Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2017 Nov 2;10(4). pii: E86. doi: 10.3390/ph10040086. Review.

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