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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 9, Issue 3, January 2014 pp 389-396
Phytochemical Screening and Antioxidant Activity of Tuber Extracts of Tacca pinnatifida J.R.&J.G.Forst
Sanjay Jagtap*, Rajendra Satpute#
*Department of Forensic Biology, Institute of Forensic Science, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
#Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Science, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K. R.
The Western Ghats of India are known to be a major biological hotspot that supports plant diversity and endemism. Members of the Taccaceae are famous for their use as medicinal herbs. Tacca pinnatifida J.R&J.G.Forst is erect perennial herb occur as undergrowth in moist shady places in forests of Maharashtra.The phytochemical study and antioxidant activity of the tuber extracts of Tacca pinnatifida J.R&J.G.Forst were evaluated. Phytochemical screening indicated that, tubers are rich in a variety of primary and secondary metabolites such as carbohydrates, Alkaloids, vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, phenols, glycosides, saponins and volatile oils. This piece of work highlights the biochemical and ethno pharmacological significance of Tacca pinnatifida J.R&J.G.Forst.