Chemotaxonomical research in higher plants (XVI) carotenoid pigments in the fruits of some local varieties of Cucurbita

  • Gavrila NEAMTU University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca
  • Attila T. SZABO University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca
  • V. DAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372
  • C. LUNG University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca
  • O. BLAJ University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca
Keywords: Cucurbita maxima, Carotenoids, Local varieties

Abstract

The 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.

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Published
1984-08-05
How to Cite
NEAMTU, G., SZABO, A. T., DAN, V., LUNG, C., & BLAJ, O. (1984). Chemotaxonomical research in higher plants (XVI) carotenoid pigments in the fruits of some local varieties of Cucurbita. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 14(1), 43-48. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha141181
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Research Articles

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