Modern Analytical Techniques for Flavonoid Determination

  • Mark A. Berhow
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 505)

Abstract

The biological functionalities of plant natural products, both in plants and in the animals that use and consume them, is fueling new interest in phytochemical research (Cordell, 1995). A key component of this research is the ability to accurately identify and quantitate specific phytochemicals. Today analytical equipment is available that can rapidly separate, unequivocally identify, and accurately quantify phytochemicals from plant materials literally in a matter of minutes. The development of low-cost, high-powered computer systems allowed for the creation of computer-driven bench top chromatography instrumentation. These systems are able to perform complicated electronic functions, such as control of gas flow and liquid pumps, spectral detection, including optical and mass spectrometry and to accumulate, quantitate, and process large amounts of data. Previously, there may have only been one or two of these types of instruments at an institution. Now they are available at prices in the $20,000 to $200,000 range, which makes them affordable to individual researchers. These developments have made complex plant product analysis extremely practical and affordable.

Keywords

Capillary Electrophoresis Flavonoid Glycoside Flavonoid Aglycone Plant Natural Product Modern Analytical Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Berhow
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  1. 1.U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research ServiceNational Center for Agricultural Utilization ResearchPeoriaUSA

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