Amaranthus: A Promising Crop of Future by Saubhik Das

By Saubhik Das

This ebook serves the bigger neighborhood of plant researchers engaged on the taxonomy, species delimitation, phylogeny, and biogeography of pseudo-cereals, with a unique emphasis on amaranths. It additionally offers broad info at the nutritive price of underutilized pseudo-cereals, the target being to expand the vegetable list.

Amaranthus is a worldly genus of annual or short-lived perennial vegetation. many of the species are summer time annual weeds and are ordinarily known as pigweed. just a couple of are cultivated as vitamin-rich greens and ornamentals. The protein-rich seeds of a handful of species, referred to as grain amaranths, are ate up as pseudo-cereals. Amaranthusmanifests huge morphological variety between or even inside convinced species, and there's no normal contract at the taxonomy or variety of species. at the moment the genus Amaranthus is thought to incorporate 3 well-known subgenera and 70 species. Amatanthus is taken into account to very likely supply another crop in temperate and tropical climate.

The category of amaranths is ambiguous as a result of loss of discrete and quantitative species-defining features and the wide variety of phenotypic plasticity, in addition to introgression and hybridization regarding weedy and crop species. it's a recognized undeniable fact that either vegetable and grain amaranths have developed from their respective weed progenitors. There are greater than a hundred and eighty assorted weed species which are herbicide-resistant, and amaranths are thought of to be best participants of the resistant biotypes. Amaranth species offer considerable scope for investigating herbicide resistance mechanisms. Amaranths additionally express variability by way of their mating habit and germplasm, adaptability to assorted transforming into stipulations, and wide variety of variability in sexual platforms, from monoecy to dioecy. a fantastic snatch of those parameters is vital to the long run usage of amaranths as great plants. There are a number of amaranth examine heart and germplasm collections worldwide that keep and assessment operating germplasms. up to now, the genetic development of amaranths has basically concerned the applying of traditional choice equipment. yet advances in genomics and biotechnology have dramatically enriched the aptitude to control the amaranth genome, particularly enhancing the quantity and availability of nutrients.

In end, the publication covers all facets of amaranths, together with their nutrients price, value as greens and pseudo-cereals, taxonomy, phylogeny, germplasm variability, breeding habit and techniques, cultivation practices, and variability when it comes to their sexual structures. It bargains a worthy source for all scholars, researchers and specialists operating within the box of plant taxonomy and diversity.

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33 %, respectively, in the leaves of A. gangeticus, A. blitum, A. dubius, A. cruentus, A. caudatus and A. hypochondriacus. 2 Uses of Grain Amaranths Amaranth grains contain more protein than corn, and the protein is also of an unusually high quality, rich in amino acid lysine, which is the limiting amino acid in cereals like maize, wheat and rice, and sulphur-containing amino acids, which are normally limiting in the pulse crops. The total ‘protein package’ of amaranth grain is very near to the levels recommended by FAO/ WHO.

3). The compilation of maize and amaranth grain flour in 50:50 ratio nearly reaches the perfect score of 100 on the nutritionist’s scale (Segura-Nieto et al. 1994; Saunders and Becker 1984; Grobelnik et al. 2009a, b). 43. 2 %, respectively. Amaranth seed oil has been reported to contain large amount (7–8 % and 11 %) of squalene which is often used in cosmetics and medicine, where olive oil contains only 1 % of squalene. Amaranth oil is also a rich source of tocotrienols which is very effective to lower the LDL cholesterol (Becker et al.

Intake of food containing high flavonoid content is helpful to prevent diseases. The leaf extracts are very rich in antioxidant phytochemicals like polyphenols, ascorbates and flavonoids which have free radical scavenging potentials. Amaranth leaves can be used as a rich source of natural antioxidants with health protective potentials. Earlier studies have also identified strong antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities of Amaranthus paniculatus seeds (Bhatia and Jain 2003). Antioxidant-containing foods may exhibit the carcinogenic potential by modulating carcinogen detoxification, by inhibiting lipid peroxidation or by enhancing antioxidant defence mechanism (Davis and Kuttan 2001).

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