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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(10), 6919-6935; doi:10.3390/ijms12106919

Evaluation of Antioxidant Compounds and Total Sugar Content in a Nectarine [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] Progeny

Departamento de Pomología, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (CSIC), Apartado 13034, Zaragoza 50080, Spain
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Received: 25 August 2011 / Revised: 28 September 2011 / Accepted: 10 October 2011 / Published: 19 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)
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Epidemiological studies suggest that consumption of fruit rich in phenolic compounds is associated with health-protective effects due to their antioxidant properties. For these reasons quality evaluation has become an important issue in fruit industry and in breeding programs. Phytochemical traits such as total phenolics, flavonoids, anthocyanins, L-ascorbic acid, sugar content and relative antioxidant capacity (RAC) were analyzed over four years in flesh fruit of an F1 population “Venus” × “Big Top” nectarines. Other traits such as harvesting date, yield, fruit weight, firmness, soluble solids concentration (SSC), pH, titratable acidity (TA) and ripening index (RI) were also determined in the progeny. Results showed high variability among genotypes for all analyzed traits. Total phenolics and flavonoids showed significant positive correlations with RAC implying that both are important antioxidant bioactive compounds in peaches. We found genotypes with enhanced antioxidant capacity and a better performance than progenitors, and in consequence the best marketability.
Keywords: antioxidant capacity; flavonoids; total phenolics; vitamin C antioxidant capacity; flavonoids; total phenolics; vitamin C
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Abidi, W.; Jiménez, S.; Moreno, M.Á.; Gogorcena, Y. Evaluation of Antioxidant Compounds and Total Sugar Content in a Nectarine [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] Progeny. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 6919-6935.

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