Antibacterial and antioxidant activity of oregano essential oil

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2011-01-01
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Mellencamp, Marnie
Koppien-Fox, J.
Lamb, R.
Dvorak, R.
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International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.

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The swine industry is investigating phytonutrients like oregano essential oil (OEO) because of its potent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity. These activities are attributed to OEO’s most abundant polyphenols, carvacrol and thymol. Carvacrol and thymol have been shown to permeabilize and depolarize the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane, resulting in cell death. The objective of this study was to quantify the antimicrobial and antioxidant activity of OEO.

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