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VARIABILITY OF THE ANTHOCYANINS AND TANNINS IN BERRIES OF SOME Lonicera caerulea var. kamchatica, Aronia melanocarpa and Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea GENOTYPES

Author(s): Mladin Paulina | Gh. Mladin , | Eliza Oprea | Maria Rădulescu | Claudia Nicola

Journal: Scientific Papers of the Research Institute for Fruit Growing Pitesti, Romania
ISSN 1584-2231

Volume: XXVII;
Start page: 38;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: blue honeysuckle | chokeberry | barberry | selection

Lonicera caerulea var. kamschatica is called popular in countries where it is cultivated ,,blue-honeysuckle,, and we call it ,,fruiting lonicera,,. This is one of the few species of Lonicera with edible fruits. The blue –honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea var. kamschatica) and chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) are interesting fruit species both for fruit producing plantations and ornamental purposes. Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea is the variety of barberry with ornamental purposes and a great fruiting potential, by taking advantage of abundant yield and various phytochemicals in fruit content. Lonicera selections fruit trees obtained at the Institute Pitesti have noted a number of features, such as early ripening fruit, winter frost resistance, adaptability to different climatic conditions, rich in anthocyanins berries and a high antioxidant activity (Oprea et al., 2002). Chockberry is a fruiting shrub, particularly important as natural source for the coloring of the foods. After some early studies, it was discovered that red barberry fruits had the highest content of total acidity in comparison with all other fruits, thus constituting an important natural source of organic acids (Mladin G. et al., 1996). Anthocyanins and tannins are biochemical compounds playing a major role in the formation of fruit color, taste, as well as the quality of fruits derivatives. Also, they have in the same time, beneficial effects for human health due to the antioxidant activities and protecting blood vessels. This study aimed to evaluate a genetic material (consisting of selections from these three species) in terms of biochemical compounds content in fruits, in order to complete the biochemical characterization of the genotypes and identifying those with hig, medium or lower content giving fruit taste as pleasant, with moderate to low astringency. In the period 2004-2007 were studied 24 blue-honeysuckle selections, three selections of barberry and one variety of chockberry. Methods for determining these compounds were the usual spectrophotometric for anthocyanins (by the method of Fuleki and Francis, 1968) and HPTLC, for four lonicera selections and by the Lowenthal -Neubeur , 1977, procedure for tannins. Total anthocyanin content in the fruits of Lonicera varied widely, from 206.0 mg% to 579.0 mg%. Nero chockeberry variety accumulated in fruits high anthocyanins, 509, 16 mg%. Barberry selections have accumulated much smaller amounts of anthocyanins, between 71.28 mg % and 79, 43 mg%. The genotypes of Lonicera had tannin content between 0, 218% and 0, 429%. Barberry selections were marked by high content of tannins with an average from 0.610% to 0.990%, the ckockberry variety Nero with an average of 0.993%. The content of anthocyanins and tannins in the fruit varied from one to another genotype, as well as from one to another climatic year.
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