Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (3): 306-310.DOI: 10.11983/CBB15106

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Determination of Carotenoids in Fruit of Five Elaeagnus spp. Genotypes by High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Haitao Hu, Zhenxia Cheng, Lingyan Li, Jianhua Chen, Ling Yang*   

  1. College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, China
  • Received:2015-06-15 Accepted:2015-07-24 Online:2016-05-01 Published:2016-05-24
  • Contact: Yang Ling
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    ? These authors contributed equally to this paper

Abstract: This study analyzed carotenoid types and content in the fruit of several Elaeagnus spp. including 4 ecotypes of E. pungens, 2 varieties of E. macrophylla, E. glabra, E. magna and E. argyi, by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Lycopene is the major carotenoid in the fleshy pulp, and their content differed between the 5 genotypes. The greatest mean lycopene content was up to (259.89±26.22) µg·g-1 fresh weight (FW) in E. pungens from Shengzhou of Zhejiang and the lowest was (91.19±7.74) µg·g-1 FW in E. argyi. The lycopene content was high in all 4 ecotypes of E. pungens. The flesh of the 5 Elaeagnus spp. showed abundant lycopene, for beneficial fruit resources with important development and application value. These genotypes are also ideal research material for studying the mechanism of high accumulation of lycopene in fruit.