African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12227

Full Length Research Paper

Isolation of volatile compounds of Aloe excelsa (Berger)

R. M. Coopoosamy
Department of Nature Conservation, Mangosuthu University of Technology, P.O. Box 12363, Jacobs 4026, Durban, Kwa-ZuluNatal, South Africa
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 September 2010
  •  Published: 25 October 2010


Industrial and pharmacological applications of volatile and non-volatile compounds isolated from plants have been dominating the commercial sector over the recent two decades. Attempts in isolation of volatile compounds of aloes have impact on the medicinal as well as the cosmetic industries. Volatile compound isolation and extraction was performed on leaf exudates of Aloe excelsa. Three commercially important compounds, namely: phenylacetonitrile, carvone and limonene were identified using gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (GC-MS).


Key words: Aloe excelsa, phenylacetonitrile, carvone, limonene, volatile compounds.


GC-MS, Gas chromatography mass spectroscopy analysis.