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Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX) analysis of Curculigo orchioides Gaertn. root tubers

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Author(s): Anuj Agrahari, Ashutosh Meher, Amiya Pradhan

Journal: Drug Invention Today
ISSN 0975-7619

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Curculigo orchioides | Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX) | Elemental Analysis

ABSTRACT
Curculigo orchioides Gaertn. (Amaryllidaceae) is an endangered medicinal plant. The root tubers of the plant have been used extensively in India in indigenous medicine. Its root tubers were investigated for its metal mineral content by using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX). The elemental analysis was performed to estimate eleven numbers of elements (C, O, Mg, Al, Si, Cl, K, Ca, Fe, Cu & Zn). The analysis of EDX showed that root tubers possesses only seven type of essential elements. The root tubers was found deficient in Mg, Al, Si and Fe.

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