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Elicitors: A Tool for Improving Fruit Phenolic Content

Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Murcia, Campus de Espinardo, 30071 Murcia, Spain
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Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 33-52;
Received: 30 November 2012 / Revised: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 12 January 2013 / Published: 25 January 2013
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Fruits are one of the most important sources of polyphenols for humans, whether they are consumed fresh or as processed products. To improve the phenolic content of fruits, a novel field of interest is based on results obtained using elicitors, agrochemicals which were primarily designed to improve resistance to plant pathogens. Although elicitors do not kill pathogens, they trigger plant defense mechanisms, one of which is to increase the levels of phenolic compounds. Therefore, their application not only allows us to control plant disease but also to increase the phenolic content of plant foodstuffs. Pre- or post-harvest application of the most commonly used elicitors to several fruits is discussed in this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: elicitor; benzothiadiazole; methyl jasmonate; chitosan; harpin; salicylic acid elicitor; benzothiadiazole; methyl jasmonate; chitosan; harpin; salicylic acid
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Ruiz-García, Y.; Gómez-Plaza, E. Elicitors: A Tool for Improving Fruit Phenolic Content. Agriculture 2013, 3, 33-52.

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