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It is mostly used by pharmaceutical companies and in the manufacturing process. It is also commonly used for recreational purposes as an inhalant drug. It is a lightweight hydrocarbon used chiefly as a nonpolar solvent. The extract of aerial parts of ageratum conyzoids in petroleum ether plays an essential role for the isolation of sigmasterol and beta sitosterol. Crude petroleum spirit and methanol extracts also play an important role for the screening of antimicrobial activity of the stem bark, leaves and roots of Ficus thoningii.
Kamboj, A.; Saluja, A. K. Isolation of Stigmasterol and beta sitosterol from petroleum ether extract of Aerial parts of Ageratum Conyzoides (Asteracea). Inter. J. Pharma. Pharma. Sci. 2011, 3 (1), 9496.
Ndukwe, I. G.; Bello, A. I.; Habila, J. D.; John, C. Phytochemical and antimicrobial screening of the crude petroleum spirit and methanol extracts of the stem bark, leaves and roots of Ficus thoningii (blume). Afr. J. Biotechnol. 2007, 6 (23), 2645-2649.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H225-H340-H350-H304
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. May cause genetic defects. May cause cancer. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
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