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Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira

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BLANK, Arie Fitzgerald et al. Maria Bonita: a linalool type basil cultivar. Pesq. agropec. bras. [online]. 2007, vol.42, n.12, pp.1811-1813. ISSN 1678-3921.

'Maria Bonita' is derived from the accession PI 197442, from the Germplasm Bank North Central Regional PI Station, USA. It is a basil cultivar with a rounded canopy, rose petals and purple sepals, and it is indicated for Brazilian Northeast region. 'Maria Bonita' presents erect growth habit, which is an advantage for both manual and mechanized harvest. The average yield of leaves dry weight and inflorescences was 20.97 g per plant, 26.34% higher than the control 'Genovese'. It presents 4.96% essential oil content, and yield of 1.18 mL per plant. The major chemical constituent is linalool (78.12%). Its essential oil presents antinociceptive and antigiardial activities.

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