Title

Use of Carvacrol and Thymol as Anti-Bacterials and Anti-Parasitics

Presenter Information

Kelly Walsh

Department

Chemistry

Major

Chemistry (with an emphasis in Biochemistry)

Research Advisor

Collier, Harvest L.

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Abstract

The significance of bacterial evolution and insect resistance is a major reason for the ongoing search of new chemical compounds that have the ability to eliminate unwanted organisms. Carvacrol and thymol, natural chemical compounds that have been shown to have anti-bacterial as well as anti-parasitic properties, are ideal candidates for ecofriendly pesticides and certain sanitizing agents. They exist naturally in varying amounts in a variety of oregano plants. As shown in, “Insecticidal and Genotox Activities of Oregano Essential Oils,” Carvacrol, for most bacteria and insects, has better antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties than thymol. However, S. thymbra, in which the major active chemical is thymol, has better anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties than O. vulgare or C. capitatus. Thus, it is my proposed goal to learn whether low concentrations of Carvacrol, respectively, in solution with a high concentration of thymol, respectively, result in better anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.

Biography

Kelly Walsh is currently a freshman Chemistry major who comes from Cassville, Missouri. In his free time, he relaxes with others or thumbs his guitar. It is his plan, one day, to operate his own pharmacy.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Research proposal poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Use of Carvacrol and Thymol as Anti-Bacterials and Anti-Parasitics

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The significance of bacterial evolution and insect resistance is a major reason for the ongoing search of new chemical compounds that have the ability to eliminate unwanted organisms. Carvacrol and thymol, natural chemical compounds that have been shown to have anti-bacterial as well as anti-parasitic properties, are ideal candidates for ecofriendly pesticides and certain sanitizing agents. They exist naturally in varying amounts in a variety of oregano plants. As shown in, “Insecticidal and Genotox Activities of Oregano Essential Oils,” Carvacrol, for most bacteria and insects, has better antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties than thymol. However, S. thymbra, in which the major active chemical is thymol, has better anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties than O. vulgare or C. capitatus. Thus, it is my proposed goal to learn whether low concentrations of Carvacrol, respectively, in solution with a high concentration of thymol, respectively, result in better anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.