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Antioxidant activity of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. in function of spacing between plants and organic fertilization

The purpose of this paper was to analyze the effects of plant spacing within rows by means of applying or not applying chicken-manure to the soil cover in the antioxidant activity, total phenolic and flavonoids in ethanolic leaves extract and hot aqueous extract of roselle. The treatments consisted of five different spaces between plants (0.30, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45 and 0.50m) and the use or non-use of chicken litter broadcasted on soil surface at 10 ton ha-1, in a 5x2 factorial arrangement in a randomized block design with four replications. The flavonoids levels and total phenolic increased on ethanolic leaves extract (18% and 11%, respectively) and hot aqueous extract (16% and 11%, respectively) between applying or not applying chicken-manure to the soil cover. Antioxidant activity was significantly influenced by the way of obtaining extracts, being the ethanolic extract 263% higher than the results obtained by the hot aqueous extract.

Hibiscus sabdariffa L.; anthocyanins; phenolic

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