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An Alternative Use of Horticultural Crops: Stressed Plants as Biofactories of Bioactive Phenolic Compounds
Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, School of Biotechnology and Food, Centro de Biotecnologia-FEMSA, Tecnologico de Monterrey-Campus Monterrey, E. Garza Sada 2501 Sur, C.P. 64849, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Received: 1 August 2012; in revised form: 13 September 2012 / Accepted: 14 September 2012 / Published: 24 September 2012
Abstract: Plants subjected to abiotic stresses synthesize secondary metabolites with potential application in the functional foods, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and agrochemical markets. This approach can be extended to horticultural crops. This review describes previous reports regarding the effect of different postharvest abiotic stresses on the accumulation of phenolic compounds. Likewise, the physiological basis for the biosynthesis of phenolic compounds as an abiotic stress response is described. The information presented herein would be useful for growers and the fresh produce market which are interested in finding alternative uses for their crops, especially for those not meeting quality standards and thus are considered as waste.
Keywords: postharvest abiotic stresses; plants as biofactories; carrots; chlorogenic acid; dicaffeoylquinic acids; physiological stress response; stress signaling molecules
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Jacobo-Velázquez, D.A.; Cisneros-Zevallos, L. An Alternative Use of Horticultural Crops: Stressed Plants as Biofactories of Bioactive Phenolic Compounds. Agriculture 2012, 2, 259-271.
Jacobo-Velázquez DA, Cisneros-Zevallos L. An Alternative Use of Horticultural Crops: Stressed Plants as Biofactories of Bioactive Phenolic Compounds. Agriculture. 2012; 2(3):259-271.
Jacobo-Velázquez, Daniel A.; Cisneros-Zevallos, Luis. 2012. "An Alternative Use of Horticultural Crops: Stressed Plants as Biofactories of Bioactive Phenolic Compounds." Agriculture 2, no. 3: 259-271.