Hence we are working on (I) identification of constitutive high concentration of specific protective PSM in (underutilized) plant species (project “Hortinlea”), (II) alteration of physiological processes in planta by targeted elicitor applications especially narrow-band (UVB) light (project “SEcondaRy UV”) and selenium implementation (seed funding by NZ, joint Catalyst Fund) for a tailored increase of protective PSMs, (III) elucidation on the PSM structure-specific biofunctionality in both plants and humans in freshly consumed and in processed food (projects “NutriAct” I, II, “OptiGluP”, “EnatGluPro”), and (IV) identification of new terrestrial or aquatic species adapted to saline and/or arid conditions for sustainable food production including the sustainable production of plant proteins (projects “Food4Future”, initiative “Proteins4Future”).
QUALITY.1 Plant quality for human consumption
Head of RG QUALITY.1: Prof Dr Monika Schreiner
The general public has become increasingly concerned about the quality of their consumed food, especially in terms of supporting human health, resulting in increased demand for food products enriched with health-promoting compounds. Thus, the research of QUALITY.1 focusses on the identification, quantification and characterization of secondary plant metabolites (PSM) such as (Se) glucosinolates and their breakdown products, phenolic compounds and saponins in (underutilized) plant species for developing new strategies in generating high-quality, plant-based food products.
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Angela Schröter (Vester)
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Office Agricultural Systems of the Future
Joint Lab PhaSe – Phytochemistry and biofunctionality of plant Secondary metabolites
Subject of our research at the Joint Lab PhaSe is research how secondary plant metabolites – e.g. carotenoids, glucosinolates, and polyphenol...
The Food4Future (F4F) Project is funded in the Framework of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Research and education) call “A...
OPTIGLUP-Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways for Increased Quality and Health Benefit of Brassica
The Junior-Research Group OPTIGLUP-Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways for Increased Quality and Health Benefit of Brassica Products, financed...
NutriAct: Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Aging: Food Patterns, Behavior and Products
(Competence cluster for Nutritional Research Berlin-Potsdam)...