Michigan State University
The seed oils of five Medicago species (Medicago lupulina, Medicago
sativa, M. minima var minima, M. rotata var. eliezeri, M. rigidula var.
rigidula) (Fabaceae) were investigated for their fatty acid composition.
The fatty acid composition of these five different species were determined
by gas chromatography of the methyl esters of their fatty acids.
The seed oils of Medicago species contained palmitic acid (10.79-19.18 %),
among the saturated acids with a small amount of stearic acid and
arachidic acid. The major unsaturated fatty acids found in the seed oils
were linolenic acid (43.69-25.51 %) and linoleic acid (41.95-23.99 %).
Unsaturated fatty acid concentrations of Medicago species were found
higher than the saturated fatty acid concentration. The results showed
that Medicago patterns has linoleic-linolenic and oleic-palmitic type
fatty acid. The result were discussed in means of renewable resources
BAKOGLU, A.; BAGCI, E.; KOCAK, A.; YUCE, E.
Asian Journal of Chemistry