COMPARATIVE PHARMACOGNOSTIC EVALUATION AND STANDARDIZATION OF CAPSICUM ANNUUM L. (RED CHILI)Abstract
Present study includes the detailed pharmacognostic evaluation in terms of macroscopic and microscopic study along with physicochemical, phytochemical and fluorescence analysis of Capsicum annuum L., an annual spice and member of family Solanaceae, commonly known as red chili. The pharmacognostic studies provide comprehensive data not only in the identification but at the same time is an excellent tool for the evaluation of quality of spices. The Fourier Transform-Infrared spectrophotometer (FT-IR) analysis and elements detection by scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDAX) was also performed and noted to be quite helpful in evaluation, authentication and judgement of quality of C. annuum. The scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDAX) technique has been used in the present studies to detect the concentration of trace elements. Results of the present study indicated comprehensive information to check, evaluate and standardized commercial samples by the manufacturers and supplier with respect to purity, identity, safety, quality of red chili and other spices.
N. Shaheen, S. Imam, S. Abidi, R. A. Sultan, I. Azhar and Z. A. Mahmood *
Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.
06 October, 2017
26 December, 2017
30 December, 2017
01 July, 2018