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Nikolaos Koutinas, Thomas Sotiropoulos, Antonios Petridis, Dimitrios Almaliotis, Emmanuil Deligeorgis, Ioannis Therios, and Nikolaos Voulgarakis

sodium hydroxide (NaOH)], and ascorbic acid (mg/100 g fresh weight) by oxalic acid (1%) as described by Koukourikou-Petridou et al. (2007) . In addition, ferric-reducing antioxidant power ( Benzie and Strain, 1996 ) and total phenols ( Singleton et al

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Thomas Sotiropoulos, Magdalene Koukourikou-Petridou, Antonios Petridis, Dimitrios Stylianidis, Dimitrios Almaliotis, Ioannis Papadakis, Ioannis Therios, and Athanassios Molassiotis

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Antonios Petridis, Magdalene Koukourikou, Thomas Sotiropoulos, and Dimitrios Stylianidis

were pooled from five trees. Three replications of five trees were used (three × five = 15 trees in total). Sample extracts were analyzed for their antioxidant activity by ferric-reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay ( Benzie and Strain, 1996 ) using

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Attila Hegedűs, Emőke Balogh, Rita Engel, Béla Zoltan Sipos, János Papp, Anna Blázovics, and Éva Stefanovits-Bányai

., 2003 ). Similar to other analyses ( Scalzo et al., 2005c ; Tulipani et al., 2008 ), our results highlighted the importance of genotype as a critical influence on the elemental content and antioxidant power of berry fruits. This enables the

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Hideka Kobayashi, Changzheng Wang, and Kirk W. Pomper

was quantified by ferric reducing/antioxidant power (FRAP) assay ( Benzie and Strain, 1999 ), adapted for 96-well plates ( Firuzi et al., 2005 ). Working FRAP solution was freshly made by mixing 15 mL of acetate buffer (300 m m ) and 1.5 mL of 2

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Mudau N. Fhatuwani and Makunga P. Nokwanda

medicinal plant Salvia africana-lutea L. linked to metabolomic profiling BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 14 1 99 Pulido, R. Bravo, L. Sauro-Calixo, F. 2001 Antioxidant activity of dietary polyphenols as determined by a modified ferric reducing/antioxidant

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Jing Huang, Ya-liang Xu, Fa-min Duan, Xu Du, Qi-chang Yang, and Yin-jian Zheng

; after being shaken well, the absorbance at 517 nm was measured as Ac. DPPH free radical scavenging rate = [1 – (Ai – Aj)/Ac] × 100%. Antioxidant power measurement. The determination of the ferric-reducing antioxidant power was conducted according to

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Ming-Wei S. Kao, Floyd Woods, William A. Dozier, Robert C. Ebel, Chang Y. Lee, and Jun Bae Jee

The health status of Alabama's population ranks above the national average with respect to the prevalence of poor overall health indicators. Consumer knowledge of the health benefits of consumption of fresh fruit is lacking. The compositional and nutritional qualities of fruit are highly variable among states with different climate, soil, and other environmental conditions. Compositional and nutritional data of fresh fruit that reflect Alabama growing conditions is limited. Commercially fully ripened kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa cvs. Fitzgerald and Hayward) were compared for fruit quality (pH, TA, °Brix, °Brix/TA, and soluble sugars), and antioxidant properties; Vitamin C (reduced, oxidized, and total), Vitamin C Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (VCEAC), ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), DPPH radical scavenging activity, total phenolics, and flavonoids. In general, `Fitzgerald' ranked higher in overall fruit quality and antioxidant properties when compared to `Hayward'.

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J. Matt Fulkerson and Douglas D. Archbold*

Modified atmosphere (MA) storage of blackberries may maintain quality and increase storage life, but there is limited information about how eastern thornless cultivars respond to MA's. Because there is also a growing interest in the health benefits of antioxidants in blackberries, it would be useful to know how those levels might change during MA storage. In 2002, the eastern thornless blackberry variety Chester was stored in MA; treatments included a control, or initial levels of 20% CO2 or 5% O2. Color, pH, firmness, fresh weight, soluble sugars, titratable acidity, total antioxidant capacity, and the levels of major classes of compounds with antioxidant activity of the fruit were measured at harvest, after 1 week of MA storage at 4 °C, and after 3 additional days at room temperature to simulate common industry practices and grocery display. Total antioxidant capacity was measured using the FRAP (ferric reducing/antioxidant power) assay, and total phenolics and anthocyanins were measured spectrophotometrically. In 2002, soluble sugar levels, fresh weight, titratable acidity, and all classes of antioxidants decreased from day 0 to day 7 to day 10 while the pH increased. Color values did not change. The only trait that differed among treatments was berry firmness; from day 0 to day 7 control fruit was the most firm, and those from the high CO2 treatment were the least firm. Studies were continued in 2003 with the addition of two more eastern thornless blackberry cultivars, Hull Thornless and Triple Crown, and these results will also be presented.

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Hideka Kobayashi, Changzheng Wang, and Kirk W. Pomper

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba L.), a species of the eastern United States, bears the largest edible fruit of all native trees. Relatively little is known about ripening of pawpaw, and several problems, such as short shelf life and duration of harvesting, hamper pawpaw production. While previous investigations have resulted in identifying physical properties associated with ripening, the effects on phenolic content and antioxidant capacity have not been investigated. The objectives of the study were to investigate changes in phenolic content and antioxidant capacity and to identify physical parameters of pawpaw pulp during ripening. Sample extraction of pawpaw was achieved by adding acetone (2 mL/1 g of sample) to pulp of a pawpaw cultivar, PA Golden, and then vortexing (30 s) and sonicating (15 min) the sample and solvent, prior to centrifugation (15 min) twice at 2987 × g. Folin-Ciocalteu assay and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay were used for the estimation of phenolic content and the antioxidant capacity, respectively. While soluble solid content increased during ripening, the hardness of the fruit decreased, confirming previous reports. The pulp of unripe fruits had the greatest phenolic content (gallic acid eq. 131.2 mg/100 g FW) and antioxidant capacity (Trolox eq. 22.7 μM/g FW), which decreased by about 20% as the fruit ripened. Of three color properties measured, chroma, an estimate of color saturation, increased with ripening, while lightness of pawpaw pulp remained the same. A high correlation was found between chroma and hardness of fruits (r = 0.62), and between phenolic content and antioxidant capacity of pawpaw pulp (r = 0.80), suggesting these parameters can be incorporated into methods to estimate the ripeness of pawpaw fruit.