TERESA CASACCHIA, CLAUDIA D'IPPOLITO, CLAUDIA CRINA TOMA, DIMITAR UZUNOV, MARIANGELA MARRELLI, FILOMENA CONFORTI, GIANCARLO STATTI RED CLOVER CHARACTERIZATION: TRIFOLIUM PATULUM TAUSCH Although clovers (Trifolium ssp, Fabaceae) are considered one of the leading crops for cattle grazing, they could also be used as a potential source of bioactive compounds. in fact, they have a long history of use in popular medicine. The Trifolium pratense (Red Clover) is certainly the most common in this family, but endemic or sub endemic italian species are interesting for the investigation of their bioactive compounds content and their potential application. The aim of the study was to investigate the tirfolium pratensis versus Trifolium patulum Tausch, an endemic species of southern appennine. The analysis focused on GC / MS determinations of volatile content, and HPLC determinations of polar compounds. In addition, antioxidant activity tests were performed.