Journal Menu► ▼ Journal Menu
Journal Browser► ▼ Journal Browser
Special Issue "Specialized Metabolites of Plants—Evaluation of Functional and Biological Value"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2023) | Viewed by 29619
Special Issue Editors
Interests: bioactive compounds; phytochemicals; antioxidant properties; green extraction methods; by-products recovery
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Interests: the influence of ecological and anthropological factors on the yield and quality of drugs of medicinal and aromatic plants; introduction of protected medicinal plant species into agricultural production; organic cultivation of vegetables and medicinal and aromatic plants.
Interests: morphological characterization of fruit trees; pomological and physico-chemical properties of fruit, analysis and quality of fruits; oxidative stress and anatomy of fruits; collection and preservation of traditional cultivars of fruit species; ornamental value of fruit species
Special Issue Information
For centuries, people used food solely for survival and as a source of energy, but the discovery and definition of nutritionally significant food compounds or bioactive compounds have clarified and demonstrated numerous health aspects of food. The healthy diet is gaining an increasing amount of attention, with the main aim of improving the overall quality of life and health prospects. The introduction of nutrient-rich foods has shown a number of positive effects on human health, especially by preventing many diseases of modern mankind, particularly neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.
For this reason, there is a growing interest in foods of natural origin with a high percentage of foods of plant origin. This trend has also increased the growing interest in the scientific study of specific specialized metabolites of plants (phytonutrients), especially from fruits, vegetables, and aromatic and medicinal herbs, as well as some new food sources that are mostly neglected or still insufficiently studied, such as invasive plant species. The role of specialized metabolites or bioactive compounds in biosystems such as plant cells is their antioxidant activity; that is, they inhibit oxidation processes due to their ability to neutralize free radicals.
Due to increasingly pronounced climate change, global warming, drought and extreme weather events, plants have adapted to various stress factors (biotic, abiotic and anthropogenic) and have developed numerous protective mechanisms, i.e., responses to them, in order to survive. Introducing sustainable agricultural practices in the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, and aromatic and medicinal herbs could also be an effective tool in the production of healthy, nutritious foods of significant biological and functional potential.
Given the great interest in plant species characterized by high levels of specialized metabolites, which represent a new challenge for modern agriculture and the search for new food sources, this Special issue will cover a variety of areas, from cultivation practices to new plant sources with high levels of phytochemicals, with the aim of contributing to the general knowledge on the specialized metabolites of plants.
Dr. Jana Šic Žlabur
Dr. Sanja Radman
Prof. Dr. Martina Skendrović Babojelić
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- bioactive compounds
- stress conditions
- modern cultivation techniques
- organic agriculture
- medicinal and aromatic plants
- medicinal mushrooms