Physicochemical characteristics, minerals, phenolic compounds, and antioxidant capacity in fig tree fruits with macronutrient deficiencies

  • Carlos A. GARZA-ALONSO Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Agronomía, Francisco Villa s/n col. ExHacienda el Canadá, Gral. Escobedo, N.L.
  • Guillermo NIÑO-MEDINA Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Agronomía, Francisco Villa s/n col. ExHacienda el Canadá, Gral. Escobedo, N.L.
  • Adriana GUTIÉRREZ-DÍEZ Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Agronomía, Francisco Villa s/n col. ExHacienda el Canadá, Gral. Escobedo, N.L.
  • Josué I. GARCÍA-LÓPEZ Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Departamento de Fitomejoramiento, Centro de capacitación y desarrollo en tecnología de semillas, Calzada Antonio Narro 1923 col. Buenavista, Saltillo, Coah
  • Rigoberto E. VÁZQUEZ-ALVARADO Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Agronomía, Francisco Villa s/n col. ExHacienda el Canadá, Gral. Escobedo, N.L.
  • Alfredo LÓPEZ-JIMÉNEZ Colegio de Postgraduados, Recursos Genéticos y Productividad-Fruticultura, Carretera México-Texcoco Km 36.5, Montecillo, Texcoco, Edo. de Méx.
  • Emilio OLIVARES-SÁENZ Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Agronomía, Francisco Villa s/n col. ExHacienda el Canadá, Gral. Escobedo, N.L.
Keywords: condensed tannins; Ficus carica L.; flavonoids; fruit quality; plant nutrition


In this research, effects of macronutrient deficiency (N, P, K, Ca, and Mg) on the production, physicochemical characteristics, minerals, phenolic compounds, and antioxidant capacity of fig fruits (Ficus carica L.) were evaluated using the missing element technique in a controlled hydroponic system under greenhouse conditions. N-deficient plants had no fruit production, while fruits with absence of P, K, and Ca were the most affected in terms of size, weight, and physicochemical characteristics. On the other hand, the concentration of minerals was significantly different (p<0.05), finding some interactions of synergism and antagonism between ions. Phenolic compounds increased in fruits with P and Ca deficiency, as well as the antioxidant capacity DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) and ABTS (2,2'azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid)) in the fruits of the treatment -Ca. Regarding the FRAP (ferric reducing antioxidant power) test, higher values were found for all treatments without minerals (-P, -K, -Ca, and -Mg) with respect to the control. The results obtained explain the responses of the fig tree subjected to nutritional deficiencies.


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How to Cite
GARZA-ALONSO, C. A., NIÑO-MEDINA, G., GUTIÉRREZ-DÍEZ, A., GARCÍA-LÓPEZ, J. I., VÁZQUEZ-ALVARADO, R. E., LÓPEZ-JIMÉNEZ, A., & OLIVARES-SÁENZ, E. (2020). Physicochemical characteristics, minerals, phenolic compounds, and antioxidant capacity in fig tree fruits with macronutrient deficiencies. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 48(3).
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