3 QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
Head of PA QUALITY: Prof Dr Monika Schreiner
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:...
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....
3.3 Economic development and Food Security
The research in this group addresses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity around the world, including in low income countries, in countries in transition and in emergencies.