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Botryococcus braunii, a New Elicitor for Secondary Metabolite Production in Capsicum frutescens.

Ashwani, Sharma and Ranga Rao, A. and Dayananda, C. and Sarada, R. and Ravishankar, G. A. (2011) Botryococcus braunii, a New Elicitor for Secondary Metabolite Production in Capsicum frutescens. Functional Plant Science and Biotechnology, 5 (1). pp. 9-13.

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Abstract

Botryococcus braunii is a green colonial microalga which is mainly used for the production of hydrocarbons, exopolysaccharides and carotenoids. The present study revealed that some of the bioactive principles that are present in the algal extracts of B. braunii influence growth parameters, pigment and secondary metabolites production in Capsicum frutescens at different levels (1, 2, 4 and 8 mg/l). Upon treatment with different B. braunii extracts seed germination, root length, shoot length and leaf length were enhanced in both light and dark conditions. A two-fold increase in germination occurred when 8 mg/l of B. braunii extract was applied, both in the light and in the dark. Similarly, a 1-1.5-fold increased in shoot and leaf length was observed with 8 mg/l of B. braunii extract, a 2-3-fold increase in chlorophyll and a 2-fold increase in carotenoid content after exposure of C. frutescens to 8 mg/l of B. braunii extract. Vanillylamine was enhanced by 1-1.5-fold, capsaicin by 2-2.5-fold and 2-fold compared to the control after 15 days of incubation with the maximum concentration of B. braunii.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: B. braunii, C. frutescens, capsaicin, microalga, vanillylamine
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 08 Botanical sciences > 01 Botany > 01 Algae
Divisions: Plant Cell Biotechnology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 03:49
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 03:49
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/2579

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