Essential Oil Extracted from Wood of Phoebe bournei (Hemsl.) Yang: Chemical Constituents, Antitumor, Antibacterial, and Hypoglycemic Activities

Wen Ding, Liping Ning, Shaoxuan Wei, Huizi Xing, Zhiting Wei, Yingjian Li


The essential oil was extracted from the wood of Phoebe bournei (Hemsl.) Yang by a hydrothermal method and then analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The wood oil was comprised mainly of α-copaene (5.44%), α-muurolene (7.32%), δ-cadinene (11.44%), and 1s-calamenene (5.18%). P. bournei wood essential oil exhibited significant antifungal properties against Candida albicans, Trichophyton rubrum, Epidermophyton floccosum, and Microsporum gypseum, and it showed good potential antitumor activity against leukemia cell lines. Although P. bournei (Hemsl.) Yang wood essential oil exhibited weaker activity against the four tested bacteria, it had some effect on promoting glucose uptake by adipocytes.


Essential oil; Chemical constituents; Antitumor activity; Antifungal activity; Hypoglycemic activity

Full Text:


Welcome to BioResources! This online, peer-reviewed journal is devoted to the science and engineering of biomaterials and chemicals from lignocellulosic sources for new end uses and new capabilities. The editors of BioResources would be very happy to assist you during the process of submitting or reviewing articles. Please note that logging in is required in order to submit or review articles. Martin A. Hubbe, (919) 513-3022,; Lucian A. Lucia, (919) 515-7707, URLs:; ISSN: 1930-2126