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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 6903817, 9 pages
Research Article

Nutritional Composition and Phytochemical, Antioxidative, and Antifungal Activities of Pergularia tomentosa L.

1Research Unit in Plant Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in Arid Environment, Sfax Faculty of Sciences, Sfax, Tunisia
2Laboratory of Molecular Biotechnology of Eukaryotes, Center of Biotechnology of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
3Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology Applied to Crop Improvement, Sfax Faculty of Sciences, Sfax, Tunisia

Correspondence should be addressed to Imen Lahmar; rf.oohay@remhal.nemi

Received 15 December 2016; Revised 27 February 2017; Accepted 8 March 2017; Published 20 March 2017

Academic Editor: María M. Yust

Copyright © 2017 Imen Lahmar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Crude extracts from a medicinal Tunisian plant, Pergularia tomentosa L., were the investigated natural material. Butanolic extract of roots analyzed with IR spectra revealed the presence of hydroxyl, alcoholic, and carboxylic groups and sugars units. Analysis of some secondary metabolites, total phenolic, flavonoids, flavonols, and procyanidins, was performed using different solvents following the increased gradient of polarity. Fruits and leaves contained the highest amounts of all these compounds. Antioxidant properties were evaluated by the determination of free radical scavenging activity and the reducing power of methanolic extracts. Fruits and leaf extracts were the most powerful antioxidants for the two-assay in vitro system. Stems and fruits extracts exhibit an antifungal activity against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici which could become an alternative to synthetic fungicide to control Solanum species fungal diseases.