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Proximate Compositions on Leaves & Seeds of Selected Drumsticks (Moringa oleifera lam.) from Northern Nigeria

Drumsticks, Moringa oleifera (Lam.) is one of the most important cultivated and economic plant in the genus Moringa of the family Moringaceae. It is a multi-purpose foods and medicinal plants that have the potential to contribute to food and nutritional security, health care and the environment as well as the socio-economic livelihood of Sub-Sahara Africa people. A total of twenty three (23) selected unique genotypes based on phenotypic markers characterisation of 40 accessions collected in germplasm survey of 47 towns and 12 villages of 11 states including federal capital territory (FCT), in Northern Nigeria were collected from gene bank of Federal University of Technology, Minna for assessment of proximate composition of the seeds and leaves using standard procedures. The results of proximate composition of the leaves showed that NGR-ZFR-14, SOK-32, BCH-11 and ZFR-16 had the highest ash content (12.95), crude protein (35.46), fibre (8.2) and carbohydrate content (64.70) respectively. While for the seed, BEN-28 showed the highest ash (4.89) and fiber content (3.23), NG-02 had the highest fat content (43.60), the highest protein was recorded in YOB-29 (39.10). Moringa oleifera is an impressive and outstanding tree due to its exceptional value, from a nutritional as well a therapeutic point of view. It has remarkable potential in providing an inexpensive and credible alternative to not only good nutrition, but also a positive contribution to health due to the vast medicinal properties that it offers. The presence of tested nutritional chemical compounds proves why leaves and seeds of M. oleifera are used as a food source to overcome malnutrition especially in children, infants and nursing mothers.

Drumsticks, Genetic Diversity, Germplasm and Moringa oleifera

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Ndayankpa, N. M., Falusi, O. A., Daudu, O. A. Y., Adebola, M. O., Abubakar, A. (2024). Proximate Compositions on Leaves & Seeds of Selected Drumsticks (Moringa oleifera lam.) from Northern Nigeria. International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences, 10(1), 1-6.

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Ndayankpa, N. M.; Falusi, O. A.; Daudu, O. A. Y.; Adebola, M. O.; Abubakar, A. Proximate Compositions on Leaves & Seeds of Selected Drumsticks (Moringa oleifera lam.) from Northern Nigeria. Int. J. Appl. Agric. Sci. 2024, 10(1), 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaas.20241001.11

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Ndayankpa NM, Falusi OA, Daudu OAY, Adebola MO, Abubakar A. Proximate Compositions on Leaves & Seeds of Selected Drumsticks (Moringa oleifera lam.) from Northern Nigeria. Int J Appl Agric Sci. 2024;10(1):1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaas.20241001.11

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