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, 88 (3), 703-6

Rapid and Easy Identification of Illicium Verum Hook. F. And Its Adulterant Illicium Anisatum Linn. By Fluorescent Microscopy and Gas Chromatography

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Rapid and Easy Identification of Illicium Verum Hook. F. And Its Adulterant Illicium Anisatum Linn. By Fluorescent Microscopy and Gas Chromatography

Vaishali C Joshi et al. J AOAC Int.

Abstract

Illicium verum Hook. f. is used as an herbal tea to treat colic pain in infants. Reports suggest that Star anise herbal tea may be adulterated with Illicium anisatum Linn. A short and rapid method using microscopy and gas chromatography (GC) was developed to detect I. anisatum Linn., an adulterant in the powdered mixture of I. verum. Anatomical differences in the epicarp cells of I. verum and I. anisatum fruits were clearly defined as examined under fluorescent microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. A GC method was developed for quick identification of possible I. anisatum adulteration with I. verum.

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