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Easy-to-learn workflows for quality control of essential oils

Introduction

Robust quality control (QC) of essential oils is required to ensure purity or authenticity, prevent adulteration and maintain consistent levels of quality and safety.

Essential oils, such as citrus oils, are widely used for flavouring and fragrances, but their compositions can differ considerably due to different plant phenotypes, growing conditions and extraction techniques. Furthermore, expensive lemon oils can be subject to economic adulteration. It is therefore important to have fast analytical workflows for routine QC testing, to ensure consumers do not receive an inferior product.

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