Special Issue "Bioactive Compounds Obtained from Vegetables: Valorizing Agricultural By-Products and Their Use in Healthy and Safety Food Production"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. María José Benito
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Nutrición y Bromatología, Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avd. Adolfo Suárez s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: food microbiology; beneficial microbes; natural bioactive compounds; prebiotic; food safety; proteins; enzymes; food quality
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Prof. Dr. Alberto Martín
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Assistant Guest Editor
Food Science and Nutrition Area, University Institute for the Research in Agri-food Resources-INURA, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
Interests: food chemnistry; food analysis; bioactive compounds; prebiotic; probiotic; food microbiology and safety
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Prof. Dr. Rocío Casquete Palencia
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Assistant Guest Editor
Nutrición y Bromatología, Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avd. Adolfo Suárez s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: food microbiology; starter cultures; bioactive compounds; protective strains; prebiotic; food quality; food safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will cover the study of bioactive plant compounds, phenolic compounds, dietary fiber, and active peptides.

There is a growing interest in the extraction and identification of new high added-value compounds from the agro-food industry that will valorize the great amount of by-products generated.

Many of these bioactive compounds have shown beneficial effects for humans in terms of disease prevention, but they are also of great interest in the food industry, due to their effect of extending the shelf life of foods by their well-known antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. For this reason, an additional research objective is to establish the best conditions for obtaining these compounds from complex by-product structures, without altering their activities.

In this Special Issue, we invite original research articles, short communications, and review papers, covering at least one of the following topics:

  • Identification and characterization of bioactive compounds from vegetable by-products: functional activities
  • New methodologies for obtaining bioactive compounds from vegetables.
  • Development of new functional foods and ingredients incorporated with bioactive compounds obtained from plant by-products
  • Technologies for preserving these bioactive compounds for use in food: encapsulation
  • Bioactive compounds and their behaviour after digestion: studies of gastrointestinal tract assimilation and the bioavailability of compounds

 I look forward to hearing from you.

Prof. María José Benito
Prof. Alberto Martín
Prof. Rocío Casquete Palencia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioactive compounds
  • vegetable by-products
  • functional foods
  • extraction technologies
  • gastrointestinal digestion

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Antioxidant, Antihypertensive and Antimicrobial Properties of Phenolic Compounds Obtained from Native Plants by Different Extraction Methods
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2475; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052475 (registering DOI) - 03 Mar 2021
Abstract
This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of two methods (agitation and ultra-sound) for extracting phenolic compounds from 15 native plants. Plant species collected in the Dehesa of Extremadura were used. The antioxidant, antihypertensive and antimicrobial activity of the phenolic extracts was investigated. [...] Read more.
This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of two methods (agitation and ultra-sound) for extracting phenolic compounds from 15 native plants. Plant species collected in the Dehesa of Extremadura were used. The antioxidant, antihypertensive and antimicrobial activity of the phenolic extracts was investigated. Significantly different results were obtained when comparing the two extraction methods, with the highest concentrations of phenolic compounds found for ultrasound extraction. In addition, the extracts obtained for Cistus albidus, Cistus salviifolius, Rubus ulmifolius and Quercus ilex showed the highest concentrations of phenolic compounds. The antioxidant activity was higher in the extracts of Cistus and Q. ilex obtained by ultrasound, as was the antihypertensive activity. Antimicrobial activity was also higher in the extracts obtained by ultrasound from C. salviifolius and Q. ilex plants against bacteria and from Cistus ladanifer against yeasts. Therefore, it can be concluded that, with the ultrasound extraction of phenolic compounds from C. ladanifer, C. albidus and Q. ilex plants, it is possible to obtain extracts with important functional properties, so they could be studied for their use in food with the aim of obtaining healthy and safe products, favouring the sustainability of the environment of the Dehesa Extremeña. Full article

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Strategies to increase the biological and biotechnological value of polysaccharides from agricultural waste for application in healthy nutrition
Authors: María Ángeles Rivas; Rocío Casquete*; Alberto Martín; María de Guía Córdoba; Emilio Aranda; María José Benito
Affiliation: Nutrición y Bromatología, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Recursos Agrarios (INURA), Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

Title: Antioxidant, antihypertensive and antimicrobial properties of phenolic compounds obtained from aromatic plants with different extraction methods
Authors: Francisco Ramiro Boy; Rocío Casquete*; Ana Martínez; María de Guía Córdoba; Santiago Ruíz-Moyano; María José Benito
Affiliation: Nutrición y Bromatología, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Recursos Agrarios (INURA), Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

Title: Phenolic extracts from wine industry by-products for reducing sulphur dioxide use
Authors: Rocío Casquete; María José Benito*; Francisco Pérez; Alberto Martín; Ana Martínez; María de Guía Córdoba
Affiliation: Nutrición y Bromatología, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Recursos Agrarios (INURA), Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

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