Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 228–238 | Cite as

Antioxidant Activity and Contents of Total Phenolic Compounds and Anthocyanins According to Grain Colour in Several Varieties of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

  • S. C. Choi
  • J. M. Kim
  • Y. G. Lee
  • C. KimEmail author


Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench contains various phenolic compounds such as anthocyanin. Eleven sorghum accessions were classified into five groups by grain colour and their antioxidant activities were measured as well as the contents of total phenolic compounds (TPC) and anthocyanins in sorghum grains. The grain colour was related to TPC content, but not to monomelic anthocyanin content. Moreover, the overall patterns of antioxidant activity levels in 2,2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) or 2,2′-Azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) assay were similar to those of the TPC content. Correlations between TPC and anthocyanin contents were statistically significant and positive (P < 0.05). TPC content showed also a strong positive correlation to DPPH and ABTS antioxidant activities. The results provide the basic data for breeding of sorghum varieties containing large amounts of antioxidants.


Sorghum bicolor grain colour colours of pericarp total phenolic compounds anthocyanin apigeninidin luteolinidin DPPH ABTS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Crop ScienceChungnam National UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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