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This study examines the secondary metabolites of Tagetes minuta, a valuable medicinal plant used in spice, medicine, and agriculture. The extracts were analyzed using colorimetric assays and a QTOF mass spectrometer. The major classes identified were phenolic acids, flavonoids, fatty acids, coumarins, and furanocoumarins. The bioavailability of these metabolites was influenced by the solvent's polarity.

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The study provides comprehensive phytochemical knowledge of secondary metabolites in Tagetes minuta, paving the way for future research on their pharmacological importance and standardisation.


The work provides in-depth phytochemical information of secondary metabolites in Tagetes minuta, setting the path for further research into their medicinal significance and standardisation.

Dr Oladayo Amed Idris
North-West University

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This page is a summary of: Comparative phytochemistry using UPLC-ESI-QTOF-MS phenolic compounds profile of the water and aqueous ethanol extracts of Tagetes minuta and their cytotoxicity, South African Journal of Botany, January 2024, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2023.11.035.
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