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Characterization of tree-to-tree variation in morphological, nutritional and medicinal properties of Canarium indicum nuts

Leakey, R. and Fuller, S. and Treloar, T. and Stevenson, L. and Hunter, D. and Nevenimo, T. and Binifa, J. and Moxon, J. (2008) Characterization of tree-to-tree variation in morphological, nutritional and medicinal properties of Canarium indicum nuts. Agroforestry Systems, 73 (1). pp. 77-87.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10457-007-9103-4

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Abstract

As part of a feasibility study of the commercialization potential of C. indicum nuts as Agroforestry Tree Products in Papua New Guinea, preliminary characterization studies have examined the tree-to-tree variation in morphological traits (nut and kernel mass and kernel:nut ratio), as well as nutritional (carbohydrate, fat, protein, sodium, vitamin E) and medicinal traits (anti-oxidant activity, anti-inflammatory activity and phenolic content) of kernels from 18 to 72 trees in a small number of different villages of Papua New Guinea (East New Britain Province). There was continuous variation in these traits indicating opportunities for multiple trait cultivar development targeted at food and pharmaceutical markets. Certain traits, for example anti-inflammatory activity, in which tree-to-tree variation was highly significant, present greater opportunities than others, such as saturated:unsaturated fatty acid ratio. This intraspecific variation was greater within populations than between populations. The data presented has allowed the development of a strategy to domesticate C. indicum for cultivation in homegardens and cocoa-coconut agroforests, using a participatory approach aimed at the production of agroforestry tree products (AFTPs) to empower small-holders and enhance their livelihoods and income.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keywords:Anti-inflammatory activity; anti-oxidant content; phenolic content; kernel; nut ratio; oil content; fatty acid profile; tocopherol content (vitamin E); agroforestry; antioxidant; commercialisation; cultivar; cultivation dicotyledon; domestication; empowerment; intraspecific variation; medicinal plant; morphology; nut; participatory approach; vitamin; Asia; Eurasia; Malay Archipelago; New Guinea; Southeast Asia; Canarium indicum; Theobroma cacao.
Subjects:Science > Science (General)
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Nuts
Deposited On:03 Feb 2009 01:28
Last Modified:21 Apr 2011 00:51

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