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QUALITY.2 OPTIGLUP-Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways

Programme Area FUNCT
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
Programme Area MICRO
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
Programme Area MICRO
BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture
Programme Area QUALITY
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
QUALITY.1 Plant quality for human consumption
QUALITY.1.1 Food chemistry and human nutrition
QUALITY.2 OPTIGLUP-Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways
QUALITY.3 Economic development and Food Security
Programme Area HORTSYS
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems
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Head of Research Group QUALITY.2: Dr. rer. nat. habil. Franziska S. Hanschen

The degradation pathways of glucosinolates determine the health promoting effects of these secondary plant metabolites. In this context we aim to channel the glucosinolate degradation in a way that the beneficial products are formed preferentially.

The former junior research group QUALITY.1.JR is now the research group QUALITY.2.

Cooperation Partners

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Location
Country
Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Institut für Infektionsprävention und Krankenhaushygiene
Freiburg
Germany
Universität Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany
University of Copenhagen
Kopenhagen
Denmark
Technische Universität München
München
Germany
Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Germany
Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Potsdam-Golm
Germany
Universität Hohenheim
Stuttgart
Germany
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen
Netherlands

The Leibniz Junior Research Group OPTIGLUP (Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways for Increased Quality and Health Benefit of Brassica Products) is funded by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft and aims to optimize the glucosinolate degradation in Brassica vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage. These plant metabolites are precursors of cancer preventing isothiocyanates. However, in these vegetables often other compounds, such as epithionitriles are formed from glucosinolates during vegetable processing. Thus, the goal of the Leibniz Junior Research Group is to optimize the glucosinolate degradation – during pre-harvest as well as during post-harvest- to induce isothiocyanate formation and to decrease the epithionitriles. Additionally, it will be investigated how other secondary plant metabolites affect the thermal degradation of glucosinolates, which occurs during cooking. Together with collaboration partners we will investigate, if newly identified compounds have health preventive effects.

Current Project

2021 - 2024

InnoWild

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Other Projects

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...

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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...

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ENATGLUPRO- Enzymatic and non-enzymatic degradative reactions during the thermal treatment of glucosinolates and their reaction products

Glucosinolates are secondary plant metabolites in crops of the Brassicaceae family (e.g. broccoli, cabbage) that may help preve...

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