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Special Issue "Herbal Carbohydrates: Chemistry, Biology and Application"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Jing Zhao

State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, University of Macau, Macao SAR, China
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Interests: sustainable utilization of natural resources and quality control of Chinese medicines; study on food and medicine dual purposes Chinese medicines; laboratory standard information management
Guest Editor
Prof. Shaoping Li

State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, University of Macau, Macao SAR, China
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Interests: herbal glyco-analysis; quality control methods and standards development of Chinese medicines; study of edible and medicinal mushroom

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Herbal medicine is becoming more and more popular around the world, with the trend of “back to nature”. How carbohydrates contribute to phyto-therapeutic effects is still not clear, though carbohydrates from herbal medicines have a variety of bioactive activities in many cases. In order to improve the research on carbohydrates, the Special Issues, “Polysaccharides: Organic Chemistry, Bioactivity and Analysis, including Those from Medicinal Plants and Fungi and “Natural Polysaccharides: Chemistry, Bioactivity and Analysis, were published in Molecules in 2008 and 2012, respectively.

In the last few years, the technologies for studying the structure, chemistry, biosynthesis, and biological functions of carbohydrates and their derivatives have been developed rapidly and have been successfully employed in glycoscience. To present the current status of research in this field, an updated Special Issue, “Herbal Carbohydrates: Chemistry, Biology and Application”, will be published in 2019. This work will improve the multidisciplinary expertise of industry, academia and research institutions and will communicate knowledge on glycoscience and exchange information on basic and applied areas for the development of innovative products of carbohydrates.

Contributions for this issue, both in form of original research and review articles, are welcome. They may cover all aspects of glycoscience, including chemistry, biology and application of herbal carbohydrates.

Assoc. Prof. Jing Zhao
Prof. Shaoping Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1800 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.


  • Herb medicine
  • Analysis
  • Application
  • Bioassay
  • Biomaterials
  • Carbohydrates
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese medicines
  • Glycobiology
  • Glycomics
  • Pharmacological activity
  • Medicinal plant
  • Mushroom

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