Title

Germacradienols in the essential oils of the Myrtaceae

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Cornwell, CP, Reddy, N, Leach, DN & Wyllie, SG 2006, 'Germacradienols in the essential oils of the Myrtaceae', Flavour and Fragrance Journal, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 263-273.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ffj.991

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Two germacradienols, 4-β-hydroxygermacra-1(10),5-diene (β-germacrenol) and 6-α-hydroxygermacra-1(10), 4-diene (kunzeaol) were identified in the solvent extracts of members of the family Myrtaceae. Acid solvolysis associated with steam distillation or leaf ageing causes these germacradienols to rearrange to a mixture of (+)-δ-cadinene, α-cadinol, τ-cadinol, α-muurolol, τ-muurolol and associated sesquiterpenoids.