Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil inhibits germ tube formation by Candida albicans

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Abstract

The effect of tea tree oil (TTO) on the formation of germ tubes by Candida albicans was examined. Two isolates were tested for germ tube formation (GTF) in the presence of TTO concentrations (% v/v) ranging from 0.25% (1/2 minimum inhibitory concentration [MIC]) to 0.004% (1/128 MIG). GTF at 4 h in the presence of 0.004 and 0 0.08% (both isolates) and 0.016% tone isolate) TTO did not differ significantly (P > 0.05) from controls. At all other concentrations at 4 h, GTF differed significantly from controls (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-362
JournalMedical Mycology
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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