EFFECTS OF INSECT PEST INFESTATION ON THE CAFFEINE CONTENT OF COLA NITIDA AND COLA ACUMINATA

  • VO Makanju Drug Research and Production Unit, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
  • H Maskill Department of Chemistry, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, U.K.
Keywords: Caffeine, Cola nitida, Cola acuminata, Pests, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

Abstract

The caffeine content of nuts of Cola nitida and C. acuminata infested by insect pests in four major geographical zones of Nigeria have been determined and compared with the uninfested ones using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The findings showed that the infestation has no significant effect on the caffeine content of kola nut samples analysed.

Key Words: Caffeine, Cola nitida, Cola acuminata, Pests, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

Nig. J. Nat. Prod. And Med. Vol.1 1997: 25-28
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