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Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis of the crude alkaloid extract of Ziziphus mauritiana Lam., grown in Algerian

Journal of medicinal plant research (Impact Factor: 0.88). 05/2013; 7(20):1511. DOI: 10.5897/JMPR13.4467

ABSTRACT The identification of the crude alkaloid extract of the Algerian Ziziphus mauritiana Lam. was carried out
using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. The identified ten alkaloids seem to
be reported for the first time in this plant species.

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