Influence of pectin on phenylpropanoid accumulation in buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) sprout


  • Chang Ha Park Department of Biological Sciences, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 42601, Korea
  • Hyeon Ji Yeo Biological Resource Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), 181 Ip-sin-gil, Jeongeup 56212, Korea
  • Minsol Choi Department of Smart Agriculture Systems, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134, Korea
  • Ramaraj Sathasivam Department of Crop Science, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134, Korea
  • Md. Romij Uddin Department of Agronomy, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
  • Meenakshi Sundaram Muthuraman Process Development Laboratory (ASK1, #208), Department of Biotechnology, School of Chemical & Biotechnology, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur - 613401, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Haenghoon Kim Department of Agricultural Life Science, Sunchon National University, Suncheon 57922, Korea
  • Sang Un Park Biological Resource Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), 181 Ip-sin-gil, Jeongeup 56212, Korea, Department of Crop Science, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134, Korea



Pectin, phenylpropanoid, common buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum Moench


Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Monech) contains several secondary metabolites like phenolic chemicals. Pectin has been demonstrated to be an efficient elicitor from the biotic group for triggering the defensive response, which enhances the production of secondary metabolites. In this study, the effect of pectin on the growth of buckwheat sprouts and the production of phenylpropanoid compounds in common buckwheat sprouts was investigated by using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Pectin treatments of 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 mg/L were administered on buckwheat sprouts for ten days to assess the growth characteristics and optimum concentrations. In comparison to the control treatment, 2 mg/L pectin enhances the shoot length by 24%. But when pectin concentration continued to rise, a tendency toward shorter shoots was seen. Pectin treatment decreased the fresh weight of the sprout as compared to the control treatment. The phenylpropanoid accumulation in buckwheat sprouts varied depending on the amount of pectin utilized. Pectin treatment at 6 mg/L resulted in a 15.10% increase in total phenylpropanoid accumulation. The findings of this study indicate that pectin is a possible elicitor, however, more research on how pectin affects the buildup of phenylpropanoids in buckwheat sprouts would be more intriguing to examine the implications of this work.


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How to Cite

Park, C. H., Yeo, H. J., Choi, M., Sathasivam, R., Uddin, M. R., Muthuraman, M. S., Kim, H., & Park, S. U. (2023). Influence of pectin on phenylpropanoid accumulation in buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) sprout. Journal of Phytology, 15, 38–42.