Joint Lab PhaSe
Phytochemistry and biofunctionality of plant Secondary metabolites

OPTIGLUP - Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways

The Junior-Research Group OPTIGLUP-Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways for Increased Quality and Health Benefit of Brassica Products, financed by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in the context of the Leibniz Competition 2018, is led by Dr. Franziska Hanschen. The group will work on the optimization of 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 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 partners from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke and the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, the Junior-Research Group will investigate, if newly identified compounds have health preventive effects.

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