New natural carotenoid sources. I. Carotenoid pigments of Medicago sativa L.

Authors

  • Gavrila NEAMTU University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Mănăștur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Fl. IRIMIE University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Mănăștur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)

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https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha171240

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Carotenoid pigments, Medicago sativa

Abstract

The carotenoid content of Medicago sativa L. harvested in May (1985) at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, have been studied. The main carotenoid pigments found were lutein and b-carotine followed, in decreasing order, by violoxanthine, cryptoxanthine, neoxanthine, zeaxanthine and neo-b-carotine. There was a high content of carotenoids with provitaminic structure (45,9%), and that of b-iononic structure, but a low content in epoxids and zeaxanthine. Only bicyclic carotenoids of alfa and beta fenonic structures have been found in stems and leaves. Due to the high biomass yield, Medicago sativa L. seems suitable for industrial carotenoid production, too.

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Published

1987-08-05

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NEAMTU, G., & IRIMIE, F. (1987). New natural carotenoid sources. I. Carotenoid pigments of Medicago sativa L. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 17(1), 93–98. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha171240

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DOI: 10.15835/nbha171240