Portulaca grandiflora Hook. and P. oleracea L.: Formation of Betalains and Unsaturated Fatty Acids

  • H. Böhm
  • L. Böhm
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


The genus Portulaca L. comprises some 100 species which are distributed in tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas of the world (von Poellnitz 1934). Several habitats were examined in detail (e.g., Legrand 1962; Geesink 1969), and new species are still being described (e.g., Gilbert 1992). The family Portulacaceae, which was named after this genus, belongs to nine or ten families of the order Caryophyllales (Centrospermae) which are characterized by the occurrence of betalains (Reznik 1975; Behnke 1976; Engel and Barthlott 1988).


Unsaturated Fatty Acid Plant Cell Culture Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Coconut Milk Portulaca Oleracea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Böhm
    • 1
  • L. Böhm
    • 2
  1. 1.Deutsches Institut für ErnährungsforschungBergholz-RehbrückeGermany
  2. 2.PotsdamGermany

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