The Panacea Plants for Environment and Humanity: Caper and Ritha

  • Nilgün YENİL Celal Bayar University, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Department of Chemistry, 45030, Muradiye-Manisa-Turkey
  • Fadim YEMİŞ Celal Bayar University, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Department of Chemistry, 45030, Muradiye-Manisa-Turkey

Abstract

Caper and Ritha are plants which have very important effects on both living beings and natural habitat. They are used in many areas like medicine, pharmacy, cosmetics and agriculture because of their positive features. Caper is compatible with the Mediterranean ecosystem and resistant to drought and high-salinity. When compared to the other most plants, it can remain green for a long time without water even in the summer season. Due to this magnificent property, this plant is effectively used for environmental protection. It has been reported that Caper contains biologically active compounds such as glucosinolates, alkoloids, phenolics, flavonoid, tocopherol and minerals such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Ritha grows in Asia’s tropical and sub-tropical regions. It contributes to the environment like Caper because, it has  ability to capture the chemical pollution from the soil. So, it helps to improve the quality and efficiency of the land by holding heavy metals like mercury, iron and zinc in the leaves and grabbing lead and cadmium in its fruits. Moreover, it biologically decomposes injurious organic molecules such as hexachlorobenzene and naphthalene. Furthermore, the nectar of Ritha can kill the flies and larvae of Southern cattle mite’s species called Boophilus microplus

Published
Dec 1, 2015
How to Cite
YENİL, Nilgün; YEMİŞ, Fadim. The Panacea Plants for Environment and Humanity: Caper and Ritha. Pakistan Journal of Analytical & Environmental Chemistry, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 1, p. 9, dec. 2015. ISSN 2221-5255. Available at: <http://pjaec.pk/index.php/pjaec/article/view/148>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2018.