Investigation 34: Analysis of Wild and Cultivated Samples of Danshen
With our analytical method optimized and its accuracy verified, we turn, at last, to applying our method to the analysis of samples of Danshen roots. Table 6 provides absorbance values (in mAU) for danshensu and for tanshinone I in wild plants harvested from five different cities in the province of Shandong, China, and in five plants harvested from a single cultivated field in which good agricultural practices that emphasize agricultural sustainability are used.
|Danshen Source||absorbance (mAU)
for tanshinone I
|Wild Samples (Cities in Shandong Province)|
|Cultivated Samples (Lot Number)|
Calculate the concentration of danshensu and the concentration of tanshinone I in each sample (as mg analyte/g sample). For each set of samples—wild samples and cultivated samples—calculate the mean, the standard deviation, and the relative standard deviation for each analyte and comment on your results.