Special Issue "Bioactive Formulations in Agri-Food-Pharma: Source and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021).
Interests: bioactive natural products; microbial biotechnology; applied mycology; enzyme and bioprocess technology; biomass to bioproducts development
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Interests: Food Biopolymers and Colloids; Oral Delivery Systems; Gastrointestinal Fate of Nutrients and Nutraceuticals; Food Nanotechnology
Interests: food biotechnology; bioprocessing; natural bioactive components; nanoencapsulation; nanoemulsions
Interests: enzyme technology; microbial biotechnology; proteins; bioinformatics; bioprocessing technologies
Bioactive compounds comprise both essential and nonessential compounds and have been shown to have a beneficial effect on agri-food pharma-health. Biologically active compounds, also known as secondary metabolites (including flavonoids, phytosterols, polyphenols, and saponins), possess several biological activities (including nutraceuticals, biopharma, biosurfactant, biostimulants, cosmeceuticals, etc.) and are produced alongside primary biosynthetic and metabolic routes for compounds associated with growth and development. The advancement of the agri-food pharma-health industry depends on the development of new and novel bioactive compounds and their formulations from natural sources. Thus, progress in the identification and production of novel natural bioactives may be a critical functional source of therapeutic, commercial, and industrial importance. Observations from nature and diversity of natural bioactive complexes have encouraged researchers to engineer novel compounds from microbes as well as plant sources.
Due to their high potential, several efforts should be directed to the study and enhanced production of new bioactives as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anticancer compounds, among others. Additionally, bioactive components present as natural ingredients in food provide wellbeing benefits beyond the essential nutritive value of the product. Different classes of bio-phytochemicals have been identified as having a preventive effect against specific wellbeing and health-promoting activities in the agri-food pharma sector.
Extraction and purification of valuable natural products from native biological sources is very important. Further, their bioprospecting for a variety of applications in agri-food pharma is very much dependent on their efficient formulations. This Special Issue aims to compile the recent developments in the production of natural compounds from various bioresources, and their formulations as bioactives. In addition, this SI will also cover the in-depth engineered approaches for enhanced biological properties and potential industrial applications of new bioactive formulations through novel strategies aiming at the identification of novel compounds and bioprocess tools to improve the quantity and quality of such products. Increasing knowledge on the bioactive formulations on regulation at the genomic and molecular levels will lead to a re-consideration of health goals.
This SI will publish the articles on recent trends, applications, advancements, and engineering approaches for the biosynthesis of natural products, with a particular emphasis on bioactive formulations for applications in agri-food pharma.
Dr. Vijai Kumar Gupta
Prof. David Julian McClements
Dr. Minaxi Sharma
Prof. Pratyoosh Shukla
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- Agri-food pharma-health
- Bioactivity and chemical profiling
- Drug delivery
- Value-added bioactives