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Journal of Botany
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8926765, 6 pages
Research Article

A Comprehensive Approach to Antioxidant Activity in the Seeds of Wild Legume Species of Tribe Fabeae

1Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Avenida Padre García Tejero 4, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
2Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Universidad de Sevilla, 41012 Sevilla, Spain

Received 22 October 2015; Accepted 15 February 2016

Academic Editor: Bernd Schneider

Copyright © 2016 Elena Pastor-Cavada 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.


The benefits of polyphenols have been widely demonstrated in recent decades. In order to find new species with a high biological functionality, the antioxidant activity of the polyphenol extracts from seeds of 50 taxa of tribe Fabeae (Lathyrus, Lens, Pisum, and Vicia) from Spain has been studied. Considering the average concentration obtained from the data in the four genera of the Fabeae tribe, Pisum and Lathyrus show the highest average polyphenol concentration. The highest specific antioxidant activity as well as the antioxidant activity coefficient was observed in Pisum and Vicia. However, with respect to the total antioxidant activity, the highest average value was observed in Lathyrus and Pisum. The results obtained reveal that many of the wild taxa examined could be potential source of antioxidants.