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Overpressured layer chromatography (OPLC), ensuring pumpforced constant mobile phase flow and the possibility of overrun, offers the expanded exploitation of fine-particle adsorbent layers for a longer development distance. Using an infusion—transfusion OPLC method with a 26-cm long development, the separation of clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree, spearmint, thyme, and cinnamon bark essential oil components was achieved with good resolutions. In the combination of OPLC and Aliivibrio fischeri assay, the main essential oil components eugenol, borneol, (−)-R-carvone, thymol, and trans-cinnamaldehyde exhibited antibacterial effect. The OPLC—2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH*) test showed two antioxidant components: eugenol and thymol.

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The antibacterial effect of the components of clary sage (Salvia sclarea L.) and spearmint (Mentha spicata L. var. crispa (Bentham) Danert) was investigated by means of high-performance thin-layer chromatography-direct bioautography against the Gram-positive soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis (Bs) and Gram-negative bacteria such as a pepper pathogen Xanthomonas euvesicatoria (Xe), a luminescence gene-tagged Arabidopsis pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. maculicola (Psm) and a luminescent marine Aliivibrio fischeri (Af). Sclareol, linalool, and linalyl acetate were identified as active components of clary sage and carvone as the antibacterial substance in spearmint. Sclareol inhibited all tested bacteria, linalool and carvone showed antibacterial effect against all Gram-negative strains tested, while linalyl acetate only against Xe and Af. Some minor components of the clary sage essential oil also gave a zone of inhibition when tested on Gram-negative bacterium strains.

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