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dc.contributor.authorNabhan, G.P.
dc.contributor.authorDaugherty, E.
dc.contributor.authorHartung, T.
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-11T23:18:21Z
dc.date.available2022-04-11T23:18:21Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.citationNabhan, G. P., Daugherty, E., & Hartung, T. (2022). Health Benefits of the Diverse Volatile Oils in Native Plants of Ancient Ironwood-Giant Cactus Forests of the Sonoran Desert: An Adaptation to Climate Change? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
dc.identifier.issn1661-7827
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph19063250
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/663967
dc.description.abstractWe document the species richness and volatile oil diversity in Sonoran Desert plants found in the Arizona Uplands subdivision of this binational USA/Mexico region. Using floristics, we determined that more than 60 species of 178 native plants in the ancient ironwood-giant cactus forests emit fragrant biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), especially with the onset of summer monsoons. From these desert species, more than 115 volatile oils have been identified from one biogeographic region. For the 5 BVOCs most commonly associated with “forest bathing” practices in Asian temperate forests, at least 15 Sonoran Desert plant species emit them in Arizona Uplands vegetation. We document the potential health benefits attributed to each of 13 BVOCs in isolation, but we also hypothesize that the entire “suite” of BVOCs emitted from a diversity of desert plants during the monsoons may function synergistically to generate additional health benefits. Regular exposure to these BVOC health benefits may become more important to prevent or mitigate diseases of oxidative stress and other climate maladies in a hotter, drier world. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectBiogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs)
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.subjectDeserts
dc.subjectEssential oils
dc.subjectHealth benefits
dc.subjectSonoran Desert
dc.titleHealth Benefits of the Diverse Volatile Oils in Native Plants of Ancient Ironwood-Giant Cactus Forests of the Sonoran Desert: An Adaptation to Climate Change?
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dc.contributor.departmentSouthwest Center, University of Arizona
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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dc.source.journaltitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
refterms.dateFOA2022-04-11T23:18:21Z


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Copyright © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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