Essential Oil of Betula pendula Roth. Buds

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Demirci B., Paper D. H., DEMİRCİ F., BAŞER K. H. C., Franz G.

EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, vol.1, no.3, pp.301-303, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/ecam/neh041
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-303
  • Keywords: birch, Betula pendula, Betulaceae, essential oil, GC, GC-MS, hydrodistillation, microdistillation
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The essential oil of Betula pendula Roth. buds was obtained using both hydrodistillation and microdistillation techniques and their chemical compositions were analyzed using both gas chromatography ( GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Overall, more than 50 compounds were identified representing 80% and 92% for hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively. The main components ( by hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively) found were alpha-copaene (12% and 10%), germacrene D (11% and 18%) and delta-cadinene (11% and 15%) in the analyzed essential oils. The microdistillation technique proved to be a useful tool and compliant alternative when compared to hydrodistillation.