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Identification of fatty acids and phenolic compounds of the oils extracted from seeds of Ulex europaeus.


Ulex europaeus is a plant of Mediterranean origin, introduced in Colombia as a living fence that has acquired great importance due to its invasive character mainly in high mountain areas. Knowledge of their biology is a fundamental tool for the construction of management measures that allow their control and minimize their impact on ecosystems. The study of molecules and active principles could generate valuable information in this regard. The work reports some fatty acids and phenolic compounds obtained from the oily extraction of the seeds and identified by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. The results highlight the presence of Linoleic acid and also the presence of Tocopherols that could be useful for food and industrial applications. It is concluded that the species could be used for industrial purposes.