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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 6)
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Characterisation of a Giant Lemon Grass Acclimatised in the Congo-Brazzaville

A.N. Loumouamou, E. Biassala, Th. Silou, P. Ntondele-Nsansi, J. Diamouangana, J.M. Nzikou, J.C. Chalchat and G. Figuérédo
Corresponding Author:  Loumouamou Aubin Nestor 

Key words:  Chemotype, citral, Congo-Brazzaville, Cymbopogon densiflorus (Steud) Stapf, essential oil chemical composition, lemon grass,
Vol. 2 , (6): 312-317
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2010 August, 07 2010 September, 24 2010 November, 30
Abstract:

The aim of this study to investigate the essential oil of the giant variety of lemon grass (Poaceae) obtained from farmers in Congo-Kinshasa and tested in Congo-Brazzaville. Chemical analysis, by GC and GCMS, of the essential oil from different parts of the plant, extracted at different stages of growth, revealed the very high stability of the citral chemotype (>80%); giving it the status of interesting species for the production of citral oil. However, it could not be identified to any of the oil-yielding grasses already described in the literature. Like Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf it produces an essential oil containing more than 80% citral, but displays morphological characteristics of vigorous grasses. The botanical description of the plant and the chemical composition of its oil identify it to Cymbopogon densiflorus (Steud) Stapf.
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A.N. Loumouamou, E. Biassala, Th. Silou, P. Ntondele-Nsansi, J. Diamouangana, J.M. Nzikou, J.C. Chalchat and G. Figuérédo, 2010. Characterisation of a Giant Lemon Grass Acclimatised in the Congo-Brazzaville.  Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2(6): 312-317.
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