28. Mineral profile of some selected citrus fruits collected from different localities of District Sargodha

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Ayesha Rasool, Mujahid Hussain, Iftikhar Ahmad, Abdul Ghani, Muhammad Nadeem, Muhammad Ikram and Muhammad Imran


The present study was conducted to determine the mineral profile of some selected Citrus fruits collected from different localities of district Sargodha i.e. Silanwali, Sargodha, Bhalwal. Plants include Citrus reticulata early mandarin (feutrell’s early), Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit), Citrus reticulata mandarin (Kinnow), Citrus jambhiri (Khatti) and Citrus sinensis (Musambi). Results of the mineral analysis showed that the maximum concentration of Fe (6.52±0.12 mg/100g), Mn (0.98±0.08 mg/100g), Cr (0.46±0.03 mg/100g) and Zn (1.88±0.10 mg/100g) were analyzed in Citrus sinensis collected from Sargodha and Bhalwal respectively while the highest concentration of PO4 (8.10±0.09 mg/100g), Cu (33.59±0.05 mg/100g) and Ca (50.71±0.07 mg/100g) were noted in Citrus jambhiri and Citrus reticulata early mandarin collected from Bhalwal and Silanwali respectively. A highly significant variation in the mineral profile of all selected plants were observed which may be attributed to different environmental factors i.e. soil composition, water, temperature or may be linked to spatial variations.

Keywords: Citrus fruits; District Sargodha; Mineral profile; Pakistan



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