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Agronomic Evaluation and Chemical Characterization of Sicilian Salvia sclarea L. Accessions

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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Consorzio di Ricerca per lo Sviluppo di Sistemi Innovativi Agroambientali, 90143 Palermo, Italy
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Agronomy 2020, 10(8), 1114; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10081114
Received: 9 June 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 1 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Herbaceous Field Crops Cultivation)
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea L.), known for its aromatic and medicinal properties, belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Although the species grows wild throughout Sicily, knowledge of its production and qualitative properties is limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the agronomic behavior of the species over two years of testing and to characterize the chemical properties of its wild counterparts in order to identify the most promising accessions for cropping or for use in breeding programs. Tests were carried out during 2008, 2009, and 2010. During the first year, the plot was established. Subsequently, the main parameters for bio-agronomic evaluation were taken in 2009 and 2010. Regarding qualitative characterization, essential oils (EO) were extracted from flowering samples of clary sage. The accessions in the study showed satisfactory adaptation capacity to cropping. The accessions examined belong to the “linalyl acetate” (range 36–43%) chemotype. Test results show good potential for Mediterranean cropping systems, helping to increase the range of medicinal and aromatic species in cultivation. View Full-Text
Keywords: clary sage; essential oil; aromatic plant species; biometric and agronomic characteristics clary sage; essential oil; aromatic plant species; biometric and agronomic characteristics
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Tuttolomondo, T.; Iapichino, G.; Licata, M.; Virga, G.; Leto, C.; La Bella, S. Agronomic Evaluation and Chemical Characterization of Sicilian Salvia sclarea L. Accessions. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10081114

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Tuttolomondo T, Iapichino G, Licata M, Virga G, Leto C, La Bella S. Agronomic Evaluation and Chemical Characterization of Sicilian Salvia sclarea L. Accessions. Agronomy. 2020; 10(8):1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10081114

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Tuttolomondo, Teresa, Giovanni Iapichino, Mario Licata, Giuseppe Virga, Claudio Leto, and Salvatore La Bella. 2020. "Agronomic Evaluation and Chemical Characterization of Sicilian Salvia sclarea L. Accessions" Agronomy 10, no. 8: 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10081114

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