Natural Compounds of Plants: Bioactivity, Defense and Environmental Significance

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 399

Special Issue Editors

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Forest Research Centre, Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: plant–environment interactions; biological activities; plant biotechnology; antioxidants; functional food; bioactive compounds; climate change; agrobiodiversity; sustainability

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cE3c-Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes & CHANGE-Global Change and Sustainability Institute, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: plant biotechnology; terpenes; secondary metabolites; plant defense; gene expression

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are an extraordinary source of diverse chemical compounds, each possessing unique properties that influence their survival and interaction with the environment.

The bioactivity of various plant-derived compounds, such as alkaloids, terpenoids, phenolics, flavonoids, and essential oils, sheds light on the potential applications of these natural substances.

Discoveries into the role of secondary metabolites in plant defense mechanisms highlight the pivotal role of natural compounds in plant survival and adaptation.

This Special Issue also provides invaluable insights for agricultural communities seeking innovative and sustainable approaches to meet the global food demands of the future. This exploration highlights the importance of preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable practices that recognize the essential contributions of natural compounds to ecological balance.

In this Special Issue, we welcome original and innovative research and review articles that focus on the latest advancements in understanding the complexities of plant natural compounds and their significance in various domains. Please provide detailed data on the chemical composition of the studied extract material (TLC, HPLC, GC, MS or NMR). A compilation of diverse studies offers a valuable resource for researchers, scientists, and policymakers, stimulating further investigations into harnessing the potential of plant natural compounds for a sustainable and healthier future.

Dr. Paula Batista-Santos
Dr. Helena Trindade
Guest Editors

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  • plant natural compounds
  • bioactive compounds
  • phytochemicals
  • plant extracts
  • plant defense
  • plant–microbe interactions
  • environmental impact
  • sustainable practices

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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