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- 14 January 2016
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- SUSSA, F.V., DUARTE, C.L., FURLAN, M.R. et al. J Radioanal Nucl Chem (2016) 307: 2365. doi:10.1007/s10967-016-4693-9
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The objective of this study was to provide information about organic and mineral fertilization, season and trace elements effects on volatile oil production by the species Melissa officinalis. Elemental concentration was determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrometry. The volatile oil was extracted by hydrodistillation and analyzed by gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer. The elemental content and the main compounds vary according to agricultural management and season. The results indicate that the production of volatile oil main compounds from M. officinalis is correlated with the concentrations of Na, Co, Rb, Cd, Cs, La, Sm and Hf.
KeywordsMelissa officinalisTrace elementsAgricultural managementVolatile oilINAAGC/MS
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