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Articles by Bamigboye Rachael Adebola
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  Bamigboye Rachael Adebola , Awotunde Adedayo , Oloyede Fatai Adekanye and Akinpelu Bolajoko Ayinke
  Background and Objectives: Ferns are among very useful but neglected, threatened and underutilized group of plants in Nigeria. The aim of the study was to document and highlight the ethnobotanical values and mode of germination of these fern tubers for utilization and conservation. Materials and Methods: The phytochemical constituents and proximate compositions of the tubers of two species of Nephrolepis were investigated using standard methods. Germination and growth pattern of potted tubers of both species were also monitored for two consecutive growing seasons. Results: Both tubers were found to contain alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, triterpenes while steroids were absent solely in N. cordifolia. From proximate analysis, moisture (75%), carbohydrate (12%) and dry matter (24%) contents were almost in same proportion; protein [N. undulata (3.6%), N. cordifolia (1.3%)], while the ash content was the least [N. cordifolia (1%), N. undulata (0.5%)]. Germination of tubers commenced in N. cordifolia at 1 month and 5 months in N. undulata, while tubers got matured within 4 months. Conclusion: The study showed that these tubers contained nutrients and phytochemicals that are nutritionally important for human health and as feeds for livestocks.
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