Journal of
Cereals and Oilseeds

  • Abbreviation: J. Cereals Oilseeds
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6591
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCO
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 84

Full Length Research Paper

GC-MS of volatile components of fermented wheat germ extract

Oluwatosin K. Yusuf1* and Clement O. Bewaji2
1Trypanosomosis Research Unit, Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, P. M. B. 65, Minna, Nigeria. 2Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 March 2011
  •  Published: 31 March 2011


Wheat has been used as food and folk medicine. We have earlier reported that the administration of ethyl acetate extract of ferrmented wheat at 300 mg/kg body weight have anti-trypanosomal activity. To better understand the active constituent for anti-trypanosomal properties, the crude extract was partially purified using column chromatography to give fractions A, B and C, which were further characterized by gas chromatographic – mass spectral (GC/MS) analysis. The fractions identified 12, 14 and 23 compounds respectively. The major volatile compounds were classified into oxygenated hydrocarbon (manool, hexadecyl acetate and butyl dodecanoate) and n-hydrocarbon (1- eicosene).


Key words: Wheat seeds, volatile compound, GC-MS, Retention index (KI).