PHYTOCHEMICAL STUDIES ON UNEXPLORED ETHNOVEGETABLES FROM MELGHAT (DIST. AMRAVATI) MAHARASHTRA

  • V. D. DEVARKAR AND * P. Y. BHOGAONKAR DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY, SHRI CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI COLLEGE, OMERGA, DIST. OSMANABAD – 413606. *DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY, GOVT. VIDARBHA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES, AMRAVATI – 444604.

Abstract

Melghat is one of the nine habitats initially selected in the country during 1973 for launching “Project Tiger†scheme. The tribal population of the area is about 80% of the total. They are predominantly scheduled tribes and majority of them belong to the Korku tribe. This paper deals with phytochemical screening of some ethno-vegetables. Total 29 ethno-vegetables routinely used by Korkus were enlisted by authors. Out of these Oxalis latifolia Kunth, Begonia crenata Dryand. and Dioscorea bellophyla (Prain.) Haines were selected for phytochemical screening.  The chemical profile of ethno-vegetables was studied by chemical tests carried out in detail. Free amino acids were detected by two-dimensional chromatography.

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