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Copal is the Spanish word used to describe aromatic resins from several genera of plants. Mexican copal derives from several Bursera spp., Protium copal, some Pinus spp. (e.g., P. pseudostrobus) and a few Fabaceae spp. It has been used for centuries as incense for religious ceremonies, as a food preservative, and as a treatment for several illnesses. The aim of this review is to analyze the chemical composition and biological activity of commercial MexicanBursera copal.
Gigliarelli, G., Becerra, J. X., Curini, M., and Marcotullio, M. C. (2016): Chemical Composition and Biological Activities of Fragrant Mexican Copal (Bursera spp.) . Molecules 20(12): 22383-22394. doi: 10.3390/molecules201219849