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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2018

Author(s): Salehi, A; Fallah, S; Kaul, H-P; Zitterl-Eglseer, K

Title: Antioxidant capacity and polyphenols in buckwheat seeds from fenugreek/buckwheat intercrops as influenced by fertilization.

Source: Journal of Cereal Science 2018; 84: 142-150

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Zitterl-Eglseer Karin

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds

A two-year field experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of different intercropping ratios and fertilizer types on antioxidant activity, total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoids content (TFC) and content of main flavonoids of buckwheat seeds (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench). The treatments consisted of sole cropping of buckwheat (B), fenugreek (F), and three intercropping ratios (F:B = 1:2, 1:1 and 2:1) under three fertilizer types: chemical fertilizer (CF), integrated fertilizer (IF) and broiler litter (BL). The buckwheat seeds grown in intercropping had higher antioxidant activity measured by DPPH (20.2% in 2014 and 29.6 in 2015) and FRAP (16.9% in 2014 and 29.9% in 2015) assay, TPC (13.6% in both years), TFC (22.9% in 2014 and 11.3% in 2015), flavonoids such as rutin (12.4% in 2014 and 10.8% in 2015), vitexin (10.4% in 2014 and 14.2% in 2015), isovitexin (18.1% in 2014 and 7.8% in 2015), orientin (7.3% in 2014 and 7.07% in 2015), isoorientin (6.6% in 2014 and 9.6% in 2015) and hyperoside (25.1% in 2014 and 27.4% in 2015) than with sole cropping. The intercropping ratio of F:B (2:1) was the most suitable for promoting the tested antioxidant activity and bioactive compounds. Overall, the IF and BL showed significant benefits compared to CF for all detected compounds in both sole and intercrops.

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