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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 3)
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Elemental Composition in Fruits of Gamma-Radiation Induced Variant Lines of Solanum pimpinellifolium L

Emmanuel K. Quartey, Nicholas S. Opata, Harry M. Amoatey and George Y.P. Klu
Corresponding Author:  Emmanuel K. Quartey 

Key words:  Gamma-radiation, instrumental neutron activation analysis, macro elements, micro elements, Solanum pimpinellifolium L., trace elements,
Vol. 4 , (3): 198-204
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January 30, 2012 March 12, 2012 May 05, 2012
Abstract:

The aim of the study was to determine the nutritional (elemental) potential of fruits of five mutationinduced variant lines of S. pimpinellifolium compared to the parental lines.Wild tomato (Solanum pimpinellifolium L.), has immense nutritional potential which could be tapped for the benefit of man. Fruits of gamma-radiation induced variants lines of wild tomato were analyzed for content of some essential elements using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The method used detected the presence of Na, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mn and V in varying concentrations in the pericarp and also in the pulp and seeds of five variant lines as well as the parent line of wild tomato (Solanum pimpinellifolium L.). Analysis of the results shows that the concentrations of these elements in the pericarp as well as pulp and seeds of variant lines differed significantly from the parental line. The accuracy of the method was verified by analysis of a compositionally appropriate reference material, IAEA-359 (Tomato leaves).
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Emmanuel K. Quartey, Nicholas S. Opata, Harry M. Amoatey and George Y.P. Klu, 2012. Elemental Composition in Fruits of Gamma-Radiation Induced Variant Lines of Solanum pimpinellifolium L.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 4(3): 198-204.
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