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Publication Type J
Authors Ashraf, M. A., K. Mahmood, I. Yusoff and A. K. Qureshi
Title CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS OF CENCHRUS CILIARIS L. FROM THE CHOLISTAN DESERT, PAKISTAN
Source Archives of Biological Sciences
Abstract The Cholistan Desert is an extension of the Great Indian Desert, covering an area of 26,330 km(2). The desert can be divided into two main geomorphic regions: the northern region, known as Lesser Cholistan, constituting the desert margin and consisting of a series of saline alluvial flats alternating with low sand ridges/dunes; and the southern region, known as Greater Cholistan, a wind-resorted sandy desert comprised of a number of old Hakra River terraces with various forms of sand ridges and inter-ridge valleys. Cholistan Desert presents a complex pattern of alluvial and aeolian depositions. In the present study we evaluated the nutritive value of different accessions of the perennial range grass Cenchrus ciliaris collected from the Cholistan Desert, Pakistan. Standard method, Benedict's quantitative reagent for carbohydrates, crude protein and nitrogen by the Kjeldahl method, mineral analysis by flame photometer and estimation of crude fiber by using acid base treatment, were utilized. The results suggest that Cenchrus ciliaris has medicinal and nutritional importance, and that it could be a good source of important nutrients for humans, helping to alleviate poverty in poor local communities.
ISSN 0354-4664
ISBN 0354-4664
Publication Date 2013
Year Published 2013
Volume 65
Issue 4
Beginning Page 1473-1478
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.2298/abs1304473a
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000330326600025
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