Determination of essential oils residues on zucchini fruits by GC-MS

Nat Prod Res. 2017 Apr;31(8):976-979. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2016.1253083. Epub 2016 Nov 10.


In recent years, the use of essential oils (EOs) derived from aromatic plants as low-risk fungicides has increased considerably owing to their interest with organic growers and environmentally conscious consumers. The proposed method, based upon liquid-liquid extraction followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, is suitable for monitoring main components of EOs on zucchini fruits after protection treatments to control crop disease. The aim of this work is to find a rapid, simple and cheap procedure for screening analysis such as quality control of crops' edible portion.

Keywords: Formulations; GC-MS; clove oil; rosemary oil; tea tree oil; zucchini fruits.

MeSH terms

  • Cucurbita* / microbiology
  • Fruit / chemistry
  • Fungicides, Industrial / analysis*
  • Fungicides, Industrial / chemistry
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Limit of Detection
  • Liquid-Liquid Extraction
  • Oils, Volatile / analysis*
  • Oils, Volatile / chemistry
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology


  • Fungicides, Industrial
  • Oils, Volatile