Rosa damascena decreased mortality in adult Drosophila

J Med Food. 2008 Mar;11(1):9-13. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2007.546.


The effects of a rose-flower extract, Rosa damascena, on the mortality rate of Drosophila melanogaster was evaluated in this study. R. damascena is a potent antioxidant that has many therapeutic uses in addition to its perfuming effects. Supplementing Drosophila with this rose extract resulted in a statistically significant decrease in mortality rate in male and female flies. Moreover, the observed anti-aging effects were not associated with common confounds of anti-aging properties, such as a decrease in fecundity or metabolic rate.

MeSH terms

  • Aging / drug effects
  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / drug effects*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / physiology
  • Female
  • Fertility / drug effects
  • Flowers / chemistry*
  • Male
  • Mortality
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Rosa / chemistry*


  • Antioxidants
  • Plant Extracts