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New Cis-Ocimenone Chemotype of Green Mint Discovered from Western Ghats, India

New finding revealed that the leaves of Mentha viridis produced cis-ocimenone chemotypes form Western Ghats of North West Karnataka, India. The paper was published in the recent issue of Plant Science Today.

Thiruvananthapuram, India, March 03, 2014 --( In a study conducted at Department of Phytochemistry, Regional Medical Research Centre (Indian Council of Medical Research), Belgaum, Karnataka, India identified chemotypes of mint.

Two researchers, R.K. Joshi and A.K. Sharma reported the finding to Plant Science Today Vol. 1, No.1. This is a new journal published by the Horizon e-Publishing Group from Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Mint is one of the most widely used and most famous of all herbs. It is easy to cultivate and has a wide variety of culinary and medicinal uses. Mentha viridis, commonly known as garden or green mint, is originally a native of the Mediterranean region.

The hydro-distilled essential oil of the leaves of Mentha viridis L. was analyzed by gas chromatography equipped with flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A total of fifty constituents have been identified, accounting 95.4% of the total oil. The major compounds were identifies as cis-ocimenone (61.7%), limonene (10.5%) and trans-carveol (5.0%). The essential oil consists mainly of oxygenated monoterpenes (73.1%), followed by monoterpene hydrocarbons (14.2%), sesquiterpene hydrocarbons (5.2%), phenyl derivatives (1.5%), and oxygenated sesquiterpenes (1.4%).

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