Pre harvest L-tyrosine application affect the Persian lime (Citrus latifolia Tan.) essential oils cultivated on sandy soil of Egypt


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Keywords: Leaves, Flowers, Peels, Limonene, Linalool


Essential oil of Persian lime has biological properties that make it of interest for use in food and pharmaceutical industries. Improving plant stress tolerance is a focus of scientific research since stress and essential oil are of basic concern to maximize essential oil production under sandy soil in Egypt. Therefore, this investigation was aimed to reduce the hazardous effect of sandy soil stress conditions on Persian lime (Citrus latifolia Tan.) trees (as a natural source of essential oil) by adapting them to sandy soil by using L-tyrosine. Before bud differentiation, Persian lime trees were sprayed with two concentrations of L-tyrosine (0.2 and 0.4 g/L), in addition to spraying with distilled water (control). The essential oil composition of leaves, flowers and peels obtained from all L-tyrosine treatments and the control were investigated. The maximum values of leaf (0.5%), flower (0.4%) and peel (0.3%) essential oils were recorded along with the trees treated with 0.4 g/L of L-tyrosine. Limonene was the major component in leaf and peels essential oils, while the major component in flower essential oil, it was linalool. Oxygenated monoterpenes was the major group in leaf and flower essential oils, but the major one in peel essential oil was monoterpene hydrocarbons. The highest rates of major components and main groups were when the Persian lime trees were treated with 0.4 g/L of L-tyrosine. The addition of L-tyrosine to Persian lime trees planted in sandy soils is required because it works to adapt them under unfavorable conditions of sandy soil and improve their content of essential oils.

Leaves, Flowers, Peels, Limonene, Linalool

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The authors thank the National Research Center (NRC) for its support and facilities provided to complete this paper.

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Khalid Khalid A.
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt
Ahmed Aisha M. A.
2 Botany Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt