The effect of environmental pollutions on phytochemical parameters and antioxidant activity of Quince, Apple, and Mulberry fruits

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The effect of environmental pollutions on phytochemical parameters and antioxidant activity of Quince, Apple, and Mulberry fruits

P. Mohsenpour, L. Amjad, S. Yahyaabadi
J. Bio. Env. Sci.6( 1), 282-289, January 2015.
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Abstract

Human actions are causing the slow killing of plant and animal species in nature through toxic pollution due to industrial and technological advancement in recent decades. To reveal metal toxicity, the effects of industrial pollution on phytochemical parameters of Malus domestica, Cydonia oblonga and Morus alba were determined. So, plants were collected from east of Isfahan area (surrounding industrial areas: pollution area and non-pollution area), Iran and the contents of phenolic compounds, total flavonoid and antioxidant activity were investigated. Survey results indicated that the amount of phenol, flavonoid and antioxidant activity were decreased in all polluted samples but a non-significant decrease was observed in Cydonia oblonga. These results showed that different response in polluted plants and non-polluted plants is due to induction oxidative stress and environmental toxicity in plants.

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