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Authors Cybulska, I., G. Brudecki, A. Alassali, M. Thomsen and J. J. Brown
Title Phytochemical composition of some common coastal halophytes of the United Arab Emirates
Source Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture
Author Keywords Halophytes Phytochemicals Biorefining medicinal-plants sesuvium-portulacastrum antimicrobial activity suaeda-maritima antioxidant properties anabasis-setifera essential oil chenopodiaceae acid antibacterial
Abstract Halophyte species of United Arab Emirates are a source of unique active phytochemicals, potentially due to the extreme environmental conditions under which the plants grow in the UAE. These phytochemicals make the native halophytes possibly interesting crops for biorefining, where biofuel production is combined with the production of value added chemicals, improving the economic feasibility of both process. Phytochemicals found in these species are widely recognized and researched as potential pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. We reviewed the literature for secondary metabolites from species from the following halophyte families: Aizoaceae, Amaranthaceae (incl. Chenopodiaceae), Avicenniaceae, Zygophyllaceae. The review revealed that plant species belonging to these families contain valuable phytochemicals, such as fatty acids, terpenoids, flavonoids, alkaloids, steroids, tannins, saponins, quinones and coumarins, many of which have been reported to have therapeutic effects in humans.
Author Address [Cybulska, Iwona; Brudecki, Grzegorz; Alassali, Ayah; Thomsen, Mette] Masdar Inst Sci & Technol, Inst Ctr Energy, Abu Dhabi, U Arab Emirates. [Brown, J. Jed] Qatar Univ, Coll Arts & Sci, Ctr Sustainable Dev, Doha, Qatar. Brown, JJ (reprint author), Qatar Univ, Coll Arts & Sci, Ctr Sustainable Dev, POB 2713, Doha, Qatar. jbrown@qu.edu.qa
ISSN 2079-052X
ISBN 2079-052X
29-Character Source Abbreviation Emir. J. Food Agric.
Publication Date Dec
Year Published 2014
Volume 26
Issue 12
Beginning Page 1046-1056
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.9755/ejfa.v26i12.19104
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000348492500003
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