Special Issue "Nutritional and Antioxidant Value of Horticulturae Products"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Lucia Guidi
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: plant physiology and biochemistry; photosynthesis; phytochemicals In fruit and vegetables; antioxidants
Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis
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Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies Università del Salento, Centro Ecotekne, via Provinciale Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: plant physiology; genomics; biotechnology; pathology; fruit quality
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Prof. Dr. Alberto Pardossi
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: plant physiology; vegetable crops; greenhouse horticulture; fruit quality
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a worldwide growing interest toward the nutritional and antioxidant value of fruit and vegetables, especially because phytochemicals in natural products are perceived as necessary for a healthier diet due to their high antioxidant capacity. Humans and plants are both aerobic organisms with the inevitable and negative consequence of oxygen metabolism. However, differently to plants, humans are not equipped against oxidative stress induced by ROS that is the basis of many degenerative and important pathologies such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. Endogenous antioxidant defenses in humans are inadequate to prevent damage completely, so diet-derived antioxidants are important in maintaining health. Thus, diet and especially fruit and vegetable represent a good source of antioxidant compounds.

The world horticultural industry must therefore meet the expectations of consumers who are increasingly demanding a sustainable production of high-quality functional foods. Then, researchers must help to create a close association between nutrition/antioxidant value and horticultural products.

Regardless of the above, fruit and vegetable nutritional and antioxidant value depends on a set of nutritional and phytochemical compounds whose level is influenced by multiple environmental, technological, and genetic factors. Therefore, it is necessary to have a deep knowledge of the genetic, molecular, and physiological processes that take place in growing plants, in harvested fruits, leaves, and organs and in how they respond in post-harvest.

This Special Issue on “Nutritional and Antioxidant Value of Horticultural Products” aims to provide readers with novel insights into how quality, in term of nutritional and antioxidant value, is influenced and/or controlled both genetically and environmentally. Contributions through original research papers or reviews that concern molecular genetics and/or physiological approaches to increase fruit and vegetable quality are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Lucia Guidi
Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis
Prof. Dr. Alberto Pardossi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Horticulturae is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

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