Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 2 No. 1

Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Properties of Essential Oil of Feijoa sellowiana O. Berg. (Pineapple Guava)

Oommen P. Saj*, Rony K. Roy and Savitha S.V.

Department of Botany and Research Centre, University College, Trivandrum - 695 034, India.

Received on 03 February 2008 and accepted on 19 March 2008



The essential oil of Feijoa sellowiana was extracted by hydrodistillation and tested against three strains of bacteria and fungi. It showed wide spectrum of antibacterial and antifungal activities. The more pronounced effect was noticed against the fungal strains. The essential oil showed the presence of limonene (29.29%), b-caryophyllene (27.38%), a - pinene (8.7%), b - pinene (3.11%), isocaryophyllene (1.37%), estragole (1.35%) as the major constituents.

Keywords : Feijoa sellowiana, essential oil, chemical composition, gc, antibacterial, antifungal activity.