A Study on the Essential Oil of Ferulago Campestris: How Much Does Extraction Method Influence the Oil Composition?

J Sep Sci. 2011 Feb;34(4):483-92. doi: 10.1002/jssc.201000411. Epub 2011 Jan 20.


The essential oil of different parts of Ferulago campestris (Bess.) collected in Sicily has been extracted by microwave-assisted hydrodistillation (MAHD) and by classic hydrodistillation (HD). A comparative qualitative-quantitative study on the composition of the oils was carried out. A total of 100 compounds were identified in the oils obtained by MAHD, whereas 88 compounds characterized the HD oils. The most prominent components were, in all different parts of F. campestris and in both extraction methods, 2,4,5-trimethylbenzaldehyde and 2,4,6-trimethylbenzaldehyde isomers; the latter was not previously found. The attempt to evaluate where the oil components are located in all parts of the plant was carried out by means of a kinetic study. Then, electron microscopy observation on the different parts before and after MAHD and HD was performed.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Apiaceae / chemistry*
  • Distillation / instrumentation
  • Distillation / methods*
  • Isomerism
  • Microwaves
  • Oils, Volatile / chemistry*
  • Oils, Volatile / isolation & purification*
  • Plant Oils / chemistry*
  • Plant Oils / isolation & purification*


  • Oils, Volatile
  • Plant Oils