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3 Plant quality and food security

1. Research Domain
Functional plant biology
2. Research Domain
Plant-microbe systems
3. Research Domain
Plant quality and food security
3.1 Plant quality for human consumption
3.2 Food chemistry and human nutrition
3.3 Economic development and food security
4. Research Domain
Horticultural systems of the future
5. Research Domain
Standort Erfurt

The impact of plants and plant-based food on human nutrition and food security critically depends on diversity, composition and quality of plants as well as on socio-economic factors. This Programme Area studies this interaction and interdependencies from biological, environmental and socio-economic perspectives.

3.1 Plant quality for human consumption

We utilize natural plant response by targeted induction of particular protective secondary plant metabolites for generating plant-based food preventing diet-related human diseases, thereby having the following goals:

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3.2 Food chemistry and human nutrition

Given the current promotion of more plant-based, nutrient-rich diets, se-condary plant metabolites will draw increased attention. Carotenoids – a certain group of secondary plant metabolites – have been associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases, i.e. degenerative eye diseases.

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3.3 Economic development and food security

The research in this group will address the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity in low income countries, in countries in transition and in emergencies.

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