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Methyl Anthranilate is the Cause of Cultivar-Specific Aroma in the Japanese Tea Cultivar 'Sofu'

Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly
ISSN
00213551
NII recode ID (NCID)
AA0068709X
Full text

Volatile constituents of the new Japanese tea (Camellia sinensis) clonal cultivar ‘Sofu’, which has a characteristic aroma, were extracted by means of a simultaneous distillation extraction method and analyzed by means of gas chromatography. A peak found in ‘Sofu’, and not in any other tea cultivar that we analyzed, was identified as methyl anthranilate. ‘Sofu’ is a hybrid of ‘Yabukita’ (var. sinensis) and ‘Shizu-Inzatsu 131’, which is derived from a cross between var. assamica and var. sinensis. ‘Shizu-Inzatsu 131’, the pollen parent of ‘Sofu’, also contained methyl anthranilate. Furthermore, ‘Fujikaori’, the hybrid of ‘Shizu-Inzatsu 131’ crossed with ‘Yabukita’ as the pollen parent, contained methyl anthranilate. ‘Shizu-Inzatsu 131’ was selected from a natural cross population of the clonal strain introduced from Assam. These suggest that the origin of tea which contains methyl anthranilate is in var. assamica. This is the first report of methyl anthranilate in Japanese cultivars or native varieties.

Date of issued2004-10-01
CreatorSAWAI YusukeYAMAGUCHI YuichiTANAKA Junichi
Subject

simultaneous distillation extraction (SDE)

gas chromatography (GC)

‘Shizu-Inzatsu 131’

‘Fujikaori’

PublisherJapan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Dates2004-10-01
NII resource type vocabularyJournal Article
Volume38
Issue4
spage271
epage274
DOI10.6090/jarq.38.271
RightsJapan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Languageeng