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Special Issue "Medicinal, Aromatic, and Edible Plants: The Link between Pharmacy, Food, and Nutrition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lillian Barros
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Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: identification, separation and recovery of functional molecules from different natural products, as well as their implementation as ingredients and bioactive compounds in food, with an ultimate goal to extract high added-value molecules and re-use them in the food chain (from agriculture to the consumer)
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Dr. Antonios Chrysargyris
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
Interests: Aromatic plants and vegetable cultivation; Development of strategies for plant nutrition and response to abiotic stress; Soilless culture, substrates and hydroponics; Postharvest storage and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants; Essential oil analysis and biocidal activity; Evaluation of natural products
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Prof. Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira
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Centro de Investigação de Montanha CIMO, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, P-5300253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: food chemistry; natural products; functional foods
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrei Mocan
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Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 23 Ghe. Marinescu Street, Cluj-Napoca 400337, Romania
Interests: pharmaceutical biology (botany); valorization of traditional medicinal and edible plants and fungi; extraction optimization of bioactive compounds from plant materials; experimental design applied to extraction and process optimization; bioactivity and chemical characterization of natural products, development of new nutraceuticals based on medicinal plants and fungi, natural products as enzyme inhibitors
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Prof. Dr. Nikos Tzortzakis
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
Interests: vegetable production; plant nutrition; Soilless culture, substrates and hydroponics; abiotic stress; postharvest and quality of fresh produce; edible flowers; bioactive compounds; medicinal and aromatic plants
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Special Issue Information

The rapid explosion of the human population and several changes in their life style reflect the epidemic increase of chronic diseases and associated pathological complications. As such, health has become the forefront of scientific research for finding novel foods and strategies to tackle such a public health burden. Food is not only intended to satisfy hunger and provide essential macro- and micronutrients for the body, but it can also supply bioactive ingredients that aid to decrease nutrition-related diseases and ensure physical and mental wellbeing.

Plants are an integral part of all living organisms of the earth, and medicinal plants are widely distributed worldwide. Since immemorial time, humans from all the cultures worldwide have independently selected plants as a food. Moreover, as a consequence of the intensification of the agricultural practices, several wild edible plants have been gradually excluded from daily diets, depriving the human body from a more diverse panel of plant phytochemicals. Furthermore, the widespread traditional uses of natural herbs and medicinal plants in curing and preventing diseases (nature’s pharmacy) are very well described in ancient texts. Different medicinal, aromatic, and edible plants are known to present antibiotic, antidiabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hyperlipidemic properties, among others and several herbal derived products or dietary supplements are market-available today, being advertised for their health claims.

Contributions to this Special Issue may cover all research aspects related to medicinal, aromatic, and edible plants linking the gap between the triangle of pharmacy, food, and nutrition; characterization of biocidal activity and plant biocidal capacity, including (but not limited to) methods for their extraction, purification, comprehensive profiling characterization, and quantification; the elucidation of their mechanisms of action with focus on antiproperties (antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, antidiabetic, etc.); and improved methods for assessing bioactive components and their bioaccessibility. The recent advances in analytical approaches, -omic sciences, and biotechnology which are offering new and interesting insights into their characterization are also covered.

Keywords

  • Natural products
  • Phytochemicals
  • Functional foods
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Unexplored edible plants
  • Added-value products
  • Plant byproducts

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