Chemical composition and biological activities of fragrant mexican copal (Bursera spp.)

Giulia Gigliarelli, Judith X. Becerra, Massimo Curini, Maria Carla Marcotullio, Luca Forti

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Copal is the Spanish word used to describe aromatic resins from several genera of plants. Mexican copal derives from several Bursera spp., Protium copal, some Pinus spp. (e.g., P. pseudostrobus) and a few Fabaceae spp. It has been used for centuries as incense for religious ceremonies, as a food preservative, and as a treatment for several illnesses. The aim of this review is to analyze the chemical composition and biological activity of commercial Mexican Bursera copal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22383-22394
Number of pages12
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 12 2015


  • Bursera
  • Copal
  • Essential oil
  • Lignans
  • Resin
  • Terpenoids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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