Impact of Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction on phytochemical composition in Pinus pinea needles
The pinion pine is part of the pinea section that includes only the species Pinus pinea, this is due to a certain character, its short-wing hard seed, the transverse tracheal thin-walled and without ornamentation. Pine nut oil is very rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which make it a health, nutritive and energetic oil. Rich in phosphorus, vitamin B1 and iron, it is an essential contribution in the intellectual effort. It has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system: cough, chronic bronchitis, asthma and ulcers. In addition, pine needles are known to have also interesting molecules but they are not valorized.
The aim of this work was to evaluate the outcome of PPT content between ultrasound-assisted extraction and the conventional maceration extraction techniques.
In our study, we evaluated
- The results show that there is no significant different the drying technique as the yields are almost similar
- After the physicochemical analysis, the Pinus pinea extracts have a rather high levels of polyphenols
- The experimental PPT content of both extraction techniques are in agreement with those predicted, this proves that there is no significant difference between the two technics.
In Tunisia, there is an economic importance attributed to Pinus pinea seeds... In contrast, the pine needles are less used. Therefore, it could be useful to develop the use of this pine for their beneficial molecules.
Impacts and weaknesses
Pinus pinea seeds are collect even though the cones are premature. This affects the seed yields. Valorizing the needles could compensate the loss during the premature collect.
It is important to provide a legalization of the collect period to optimize the seeds yield. The valorization of the pine needles could be a way to provide an extra income to the rural population