Ricinoleic acid inPhyllanthus niruri seed oil

  • M. U. Ahmad
  • S. K. Husain
  • S. M. Osman


Seed oil ofPhyllanthus niruri (Euphorbiaceae) contains 1.2% ricinoleic (12-hydroxy-cis-9-octadecenoic) acid, previously unknown in the genusPhyllanthus. Identification is based on thin layer and gas liquid chromatography, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry analysis as well as chemical methods. Other major components of the oil are linoleic acid (21%) and linolenic acid (51.4%).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. U. Ahmad
    • 1
  • S. K. Husain
    • 1
  • S. M. Osman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station
  3. 3.Research & Development WingSijmak Oils Pvt. Ltd.ChelambraIndia

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