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Influence of Geographical Area of Production on the Caffeine and Flavan-3-ol Profiles of Selected Clonal Green Tea Leaves from Smallholder Tea Farms in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Mose, M.T.
dc.contributor.author Ochanda, S.O,
dc.contributor.author Moseti, K.O.
dc.contributor.author Wanyoko, J.K.
dc.contributor.author Owuor, P.O.
dc.contributor.author Kinyua, J.K.
dc.contributor.author Kariuki, D.
dc.contributor.author Magiri, E.N.
dc.contributor.author Obanda, M.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-12T20:37:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-12T20:37:09Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Mose MT, Ochanda SO, Moseti KO, Wanyoko JK, Owuor PO, Kinyua JK 1, Kariuki D, Magiri EN, Obanda MA. Influence of Geographical Area of Production on the Caffeine and Flavan-3-ol Profiles of Selected Clonal Green Tea Leaves from Smallholder Tea Farms in Kenya. International Journal of Tea Science 2019;14(1):44-48 en_US
dc.identifier.issn DOI: 10.20425/ijts1416
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.maseno.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1487
dc.description.abstract Despite the use of similar cultivars in the smallholder tea sector in Kenya, resultant black tea quality varies. These variations could in part be arising from the formation of varying quantities and ratios of the black tea quality precursor compounds with agro-ecological zones of production. This study evaluated the variations in the caffeine and flavon-3-ol profiles of three cultivars (SFS 150, TRFK 31/8 and TRFK 303/577) of tea from smallholder tea farms in three agro-zones in Kenya. Overall, there were significant variations (p ≤0.05) in the levels of caffeine and flavan-3-ols due to cultivars and agro-ecological zones of production. In the same cultivar, the components varied (p ≤0.05) with an ecological area of production. The patterns in the changes were not systematically leading significant ecological zone x cultivar interactions effects in gallic acid, catechin, and epicatechin gallate. This demonstrated that it may not be predictable how the quality of clonal tea may vary when produced in different agro-ecological zone. Consequently, a high-quality clone in one agro-ecological zone may not replicate the same characteristics in the different agro-ecological zone. It is, therefore, necessary to test new clones in new environments before they are extensively exploited in these environments. The current findings suggest that flavon-3-ols may not be potential factors in the discrimination of tea quality within the ecological zones of Kenya. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NACOSTI), Kenya en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Society of Tea Science en_US
dc.subject Agro-ecological zones, Camellia sinensis, Clonal variations, Flavan-3-ols en_US
dc.title Influence of Geographical Area of Production on the Caffeine and Flavan-3-ol Profiles of Selected Clonal Green Tea Leaves from Smallholder Tea Farms in Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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