Myrtle medicine

Johann Jauch and colleagues at Saarland University in Saarbruecken and the University of Tuebingen have successfully synthesized myrtucommulone A, a physiologically active compound found in myrtles. Myrtle has been considered a medicinal plant since ancient times and contains several essential oils. Myrtucommulone A has been shown to have antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects. Having a total synthesis of this compound means analogs can be synthesized much more readily for pharmaceutical screening.