Structural and Functional Analysis of Extracts in Plants V

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 46

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Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, DoE Department of Excellence 2018-2022, University of Siena, via Aldo Moro 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: drug discovery; natural products; bioactive molecules; functional foods; nutraceuticals; in vitro biological tests; carriers for bioactive molecules; bioactivity
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Dear Colleagues,

The journal Plants will be publishing a fifth volume of the Special Issue on Structural and Functional Analysis of Extracts in Plants. Plant extracts are extremely complex pools of phytochemicals and, together with their metabolites, are useful for a multitude of applications in different fields. Natural products from plants, either as pure compounds or as standardized extracts, provide unlimited opportunities for new drug leads, in the food market, and in the cosmetic industry.

The use of plant extracts in all these areas depends on their bioactivity and, therefore, their composition, which is closely related to the extraction method. Extraction is in fact the most important step in plant extract preparations, and the use of different extraction techniques determines the bioactive compounds present. Since bioactive compounds occurring in plant material consist of multicomponent mixtures, their separation and identification are fundamental processes in the structural analysis of extracts. Finally, the analysis of plant extracts and/or purified bioactive compounds, involving the applications of common phytochemical and in vitro biological screening assays, is essential for the correlation of structure with the function of extracts in order to identify their bioactivity for targeted applications.

Thus, considering the great interest in plant extracts, this second volume of the Special Issue will continue to cover several aspects of their structural and functional analysis in order to correlate extraction techniques with the chemical composition of extracts and their bioactivity to elucidate the characteristics of plant-derived compounds that might be used as active substances in a wide variety of areas.

Dr. Stefania Lamponi
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  • plant extracts
  • phytochemicals
  • natural food additives
  • bioactive compounds
  • in vitro biological screening

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