A study of essential oil from an invasive Piper aduncum L.
An invasive Piper aduncum is a plant species that potentially produces essential oil. The study aims to
determine the percentage, phytochemical compounds, and anti-fungal properties of essential oil produced
from the leaves and fruits of Piper aduncum. The study showed that the leaves and fruits of P. aduncum
contain 0.30% and 0.33% of essential oil, respectively. Apiol is the most abundant phytochemical compound
obtained in essential oil of leaves and fruits of P. aduncum with 57.10% and 66.31%, respectively. We
conclude that essential oil obtained in this study is able to inhibit the growth of both Aspergillus niger and
Cladosporium sp. but not for Fusarium oxysporum and Fusarium solani.
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