Cucurbita: Biology, Distribution and Habitat


Elias D. Kerrick (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

Mexico is the center of origin, domestication, and diversification of four cultivated species of cucurbits: Cucurbita pepo L., C. ficifolia Bouché, C. moschata (Duch. ex Lam.) Duch. Ex Poir. and C. argyrosperma Huber. Cucurbita: Biology, Distribution and Habitat examines these cucurbits which exhibit high intraspecific diversity.
The authors also explore DNA barcoding, a well-established technique to identify and establish evolutionary links and gaps in plants, as well as map their medicinal properties.
Studies show that Cucurbita ficifolia has antihyperglycaemic, antilipidemic, antioxidant, anti-tumor, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anthelmintic properties and has beneficial effects on cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. As such, the different effects of Cucurbita ficifolia on non-communicable diseases are discussed.
The pumpkin, a common vegetable found in climatic regions around the world, belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae. The closing chapter discusses the uses of pumpkin flour in the food industry.
(Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Traditional Production Systems, Phytochemical Composition of Fruit, Seeds and Flowers, and Nutritional-Nutraceutical Potential of Four Mexican Cucurbits
(José L. Chávez-Servia, Jimena E. Alba-Jiménez, Elia N. Aquino-Bolaños, Araceli M. Vera Guzmán and José C. Carrillo-Rodríguez, CIIDIR-Oaxaca, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Oaxaca, México, CONACyT-Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Alimentos, Universidad Veracruzana, Jalapa, Veracruz, México, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Alimentos, Universidad Veracruzana, Jalapa, Veracruz, México, and Instituto Tecnológico del Valle de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México)

Chapter 2. Bar Coding Significance in Establishing Evolutionary Link in Plants
(Jerrine Joseph, Manikkam Radhakrishnan, Mary Shamya A. and Wilson Aruni, Centre for Drug Discovery and Development, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, , Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, and others)

Chapter 3. The Effect of Cucurbita Consumption on Non-Communicable Diseases
(Motahar Heidari-Beni, Mohammad Amin Atazadegan, Seyede-Masome Derakhshande-Rishehri and Roya Kelishadi, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Child Growth and Development Research Center, Research Institute for Primordial Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, and others)

Chapter 4. Pumpkin Applied to the Food Industry
(Irene Andressa, Daniela de Oliveira Teotônio, Sander Moreira Rodrigues, Antonella Cornejo, Maria Gabriela Vernaza Leoro, Patrícia Aparecida Pimenta Pereira and Marcio Schmiele, Institute of Science and Technology, Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys, Diamantina, Brazil, and others)


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