Chemotaxonomical research in higher plants (XVI) carotenoid pigments in the fruits of some local varieties of Cucurbita
AbstractThe pigments of seven local Cucurbita varieties were determined. In the fruits only carotenoids with alfa- and beta-iononic structure were identified: hydrocarbon carotenoids (alfa- and beta-carotene), xanthophylls (cryptoxanthin, aloxanthin, mutatoxanthin, auroxanthin, violaxanthin, neoxanthin). Quantitatively, the main carotenoid pigments are beta-caroten and zeaxanthin, flavoxanthin and violaxanthin. There are differences among the varieties of C. maxima, both quantitatively and qualitatively, due to genetic and/or environmental influences.
Open Access Journal:
The journal allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restriction. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.