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Publication Type J
Authors Weber, D. J., R. Ansari, B. Gul and M. A. Khan
Title Potential of halophytes as source of edible oil
Source Journal of Arid Environments
Author Keywords fatty acids; salinity; Suaeda fruticosa; seed oil; saline soils; ions oilseed halophyte; salinity; seawater
Abstract Seeds of Arthrocnemum indicum, Alhaji maurorum, Cressa cretica, Halopyrum mucronatum, Haloxylon stocksii and Suaeda fruticosa were analyzed to determine their potential to be used as source of edible oil. The quantity of oil present varied from 22% to 25%. The amounts of unsaturated fatty acids were high (65-74%) except in A. maurorum. The lipids in the seeds were found to contain 12 unsaturated fatty acids and four saturated fatty acids. The ash content also ranged from 2%-39%. Our data clearly indicate that the seeds of halophytes particularly S. fruticosa could be used as a source of oil for human consumption. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author Address Brigham Young Univ, Dept Integrat Biol, Provo, UT 84602 USA. Univ Karachi, Dept Bot, Karachi 75270, Pakistan. Weber, DJ, Brigham Young Univ, Dept Integrat Biol, Provo, UT 84602 USA. Darrell_Weber@yahoo.com
29-Character Source Abbreviation J. Arid. Environ.
Publication Date Jan
Year Published 2007
Volume 68
Issue 2
Beginning Page 315-321
Unique Article Identifier ISI:000242434400011
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