Plant-Based Bioactive Compounds, Their Technological and Physiological Functions, and Analytical Methods

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2024 | Viewed by 260

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Food Safety and Quality; Institute of Animal Rearing Technologies, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Tilzes Str. 18, LT-47181 Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: bioactive/functional compounds; food (bio)technologies; fermentation; sustainability; food industry by-products; valorization

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Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), Department of Chemical Engineering (DEQ), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal
Interests: food microbiota; chromatography and mass spectrometry; separation processes; valorisation of agro-food by-products; fermentation processes and microbial starter cultures; sourdough and breadmaking
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Numerous plants are valuable sources of high-added-value bioactive compounds and/or their precursors. The latter, which can be converted in vitro into bioactive compounds during food, feed, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical processes, are not directly found (or found in low concentrations) in plant raw materials. Many of these compounds (bioactive compounds, as well as their precursors) are beneficial for human’s and animal’s health and have been extensively studied by the scientific community. However, to date, systemized data about these compounds in raw materials, their conversion during technological processing, as well as their functionality, i.e., their biological activity and technological functionality, in the end-products are limited. Moreover, the analytical methods used for the extraction, concentration, separation and characterization of bioactive compounds are limited and, therefore, are currently receiving considerable attention from researchers worldwide. For instance, because of the limited characteristics of processing extraction procedures and the type of extractants (some of them are not selective enough and, often, in addition to bioactive compounds, toxic compounds are extracted and concentrated in the extracts), analytical methods of extraction, separation and identification of plant-based extracts are decisively a hotspot in biotechnology research. This Special Issue of Plants (MDPI) will highlight the variety of plant bioactive compounds and their precursors, their potential technological features, their changes during the food processing and their health benefits. Furthermore, submissions exploring novel and more sensitive, selective, cost-effective and environmentally friendly analytical techniques towards the characterization of plant-based compounds are very welcome in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Elena Bartkienė
Dr. João Miguel F. Rocha
Guest Editors

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  • bioactive compounds
  • precursor of bioactive compounds
  • plant-based food
  • functional compounds
  • biological activity
  • technological functionality biotechnology
  • industrial applications
  • analytical methods
  • fine chemistry

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