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Special Issue "Essential Oils in Weed Control and Food Preservation"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. María Amparo Blázquez

Departament de Farmacologia, Facultat de Farmàcia, Universitat de València, Valencia, Spain
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Interests: isolation; semisynthesis; plant secondary metabolites; essential oils, bioactivity; structure-activity relationship; GC-MS; HPLC-MS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Herbs and spices play an important role in diets, beverages, medicines, and cosmetics. Their flavour and health benefits could contribute to the rapid growth of world trade. However, these food items may be contaminated by a wide variety of pathogenic microorganisms, mycotoxins, or pesticides. Cereal fungal contamination causes both economic and human health problems, by reducing the quantity and quality of the final product. In addition, the overuse of synthetic herbicides in order to improve the productivity of crops worldwide is environmentally hazardous and may cause the emergence of resistant weeds. Among the natural compounds, the essential oils have displayed a wide range of promising biological activities, such as herbicides, fungicides, larvicides, or insecticides with application in different industries. Their aroma and biological activity are closely related to their chemical composition and, at the same time, these mixtures of natural compounds can be useful biomarkers for the quality control of herbs, spices, and stored products.

This Special Issue compiles original research and critical reviews on the chemical composition and bioactivity of essential oils to control crop pests, increasing the shelf-life of harvest and post-harvest products.

Prof. Dr. María Amparo Blázquez
Guest Editor

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  • Essential oil
  • Chemical composition
  • Herbicide
  • Fungicide
  • Pesticide

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Evaluation of Biological Response of Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and Weeds to Safranal Allelochemical of Saffron (Crocus sativus) by Using Static Exposure Method
Molecules 2019, 24(9), 1788; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24091788
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 2 May 2019 / Accepted: 3 May 2019 / Published: 8 May 2019
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Safranal, the main volatile chemical of Saffron (Crocus sativus) was studied to estimate its allelopathic effects on the photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll, leaf electrolyte leakage, fresh weight, catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POX) activity of the test plant Lettuce (Lactuca sativa). [...] Read more.
Safranal, the main volatile chemical of Saffron (Crocus sativus) was studied to estimate its allelopathic effects on the photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll, leaf electrolyte leakage, fresh weight, catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POX) activity of the test plant Lettuce (Lactuca sativa). In this study, the effective concentration (EC50) of safranal on CAT was estimated to be 6.12 µg/cm3. CAT activity was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner by the increase in the safranal concentration while POX activity was increased. Moreover, Safranal caused significant physiological changes in chlorophyll content, leaf electrolyte leakage, and fresh weight of several weed species with Lolium multiflorum being the most sensitive. Furthermore, 5 µM Safranal showed significant inhibitory activity against dicotyledonous in comparison to the monocotyledons under greenhouse conditions. The inhibition of the CAT by safranal was similar to those of uncompetitive inhibitors, and therefore the decline in carbon fixation by plants might be the mechanism behind the inhibitory activity of safranal. Full article
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