Nutritional properties of the largest bamboo fruit Melocanna baccifera and its ecological significance

  title={Nutritional properties of the largest bamboo fruit Melocanna baccifera and its ecological significance},
  author={Balaji Govindan and Anil John Johnson and Sadasivan Ajikumaran Nair and Bhaskaran Gopakumar and Karuna Sri Lakshmi Mallampalli and Ramaswamy Venkataraman and Konnath Chacko Koshy and Sabulal Baby},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
Melocanna baccifera is a unique bamboo which produces the largest fruits in the grass family. Its gregarious flowering once in 45–50 years in north east India and adjacent regions is a botanical enigma, resulting in a glut of fruits. Proper utilization of M. baccifera fruits is not extant, and huge quantities of fruits are left underexploited due to lack of scientific information on their chemical composition and nutritional potential. Here we report the nutritional properties of M. baccifera… 

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