African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12268

Full Length Research Paper

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Canarium schweinfurthii Engl. Essential oil from Centrafrican Republic

Louis Clément Obame1, 3, Jean Koudou2*, Brice S. Kumulungui3, Ismael H.N. Bassolé1, Prosper Edou4, Aboubakar S. Ouattara1 and Alfred S. Traoré1
1Centre de Recherche en Sciences Biologiques, Alimentaires et Nutritionnelles, Laboratoire de Microbiologie et de Biotechnologie (CRSBAN), Université de Ouagadougou 03 BP7131 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. 2Centre de Recherche en Pharmacopée et Médecine Traditionnelle (CERPHAMETRA), Université de Bangui, BP 1450 Bangui République Centrafricaine. 3Centre International de Recherches Médicales du Gabon, BP769 Franceville, Gabon 4Ecole Normale Supérieure, Laboratoire pluridisciplinaire de chimie, BP7131 Libreville Gabon.
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  •  Accepted: 03 October 2007
  •  Published: 18 October 2007


The antioxidant activity of the essential oil was investigated using 2,2-diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay and the β-carotene bleaching test. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) was employed as a positive control. The essential oil showed antioxidant and DPPH radical scavenging activities, and it displayed the inhibition of lipid peroxidation. The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the essential oil of Canarium schweinfurthii from Centrafrican Republic were also evaluated against twelve strains of bacteria and three strains of fungi using agar diffusion and broth microdilution methods. The essential oil showed antimicrobial activity against almost the strains studied. The results suggest that C. schweinfurthii essential oil could be a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant agent.


Key words: Canarium schweinfurthii, Burceraceae, essential oil, antimicrobial, antioxidant.