Proximate Analysis Of Mangrove Leaves Of Rhizophora Mangle And Laguncularia Racemose In The River Nun Estuary Around Akassa, Niger Delta, Nigeria

Ayebapreye Harry Gijo, Ebizimor Wodu


This research was intended to ascertain the proximate composition in mangrove leaves, Rhizophora mangle and Laguncularia racemose, of the river Nun estuary around Akassa in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in October, 2015 because they play the major of primary producers in the estuary. The methods as described by the Association of Official Analytical Chemist (AOAC) was used to evaluate the proximate composition of the mangrove. The results indicated that the leaves mangroves are very nutritious. The results show that the values of % Ash, % Moisture, % Protein, % Fibre, % Dry Matter, and % Nitrogen free extraction were 3.46%, 68.31%, 5.78%, 3.88%, 5.65%, 31.69%, and 81. 23%, respectively, for the leaves of red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) and 3.75%, 63.02%, 4.48%, 4.20%, 5.82%, 36.98%, and 81.75%, respectively, for the leaves of white mangroves (Laguncularia racemosa). Based on the results of this research, the mangrove leaves analyzed can be implored as feed ingredient in animals.


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