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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 815: International Workshop on Chestnut Management in Mediterranean Countries - Problems and Prospects

ELLAGIC ACID IN CHESTNUT WOOD

Authors:   S.A. Vekiari, H. Lambrinea, P. Merkouri, M. Gordon, P. García-Macías
Keywords:   Castanea sativa, timber, lumber, polyphenolic acid
DOI:   10.17660/ActaHortic.2009.815.12
Abstract:
Ellagic acid (EA) is a naturally occurring polyphenolic acid which is found in 46 different fruits and other plant foodstuffs. Most bark, including that of chestnuts, is rich in polyphenolic compounds which may function to protect the trees from pathogens and pests. In the present study, chestnut wood from five Greek areas was extracted, and the amount of ellagic acid (EA) present before and after hydrolysis was analyzed using an HPLC procedure and UV detection. We found that the amount of EA was generally greater after hydrolysis. There were also great differences in the EA content of bark samples come from different areas of Greece.

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