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Improved antioxidant content for food applications

Objective

Flavonoids and phenol acids are widely distributed in higher plants and form part of the human diet. Recent interest in these substances has strongly been stimulated by the potential health benefits arising from the antioxidant activity of these polyphenolic compounds. Although the protective effect of flavonoids against cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer is widely accepted, little is known about the different pharmacokinetic properties of individual groups of flavonoids. The aim of the proposal is to develop strategies to create tomato plants with elevated contents of flavonoids, to evaluate the biological properties of individual members, and to transfer the knowledge to additional crops including cereals. To achieve this goal, an interdisciplinary team has been put together with outstanding expertise in plant molecular physiology, genetics, biochemistry, nutritional and analytical biology, complemented by a SME as an active participant and responsible for the exploitation of the results obtained.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS AND CROP PLANT RESEARCH
Address
Correnstrasse 3
06466 Gatersleben
Germany

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Pôle De Biotechnologie Végétale 24, Chemin De Bor
31326 Aureville
John Innes Centre
United Kingdom
Address
Sainsbury Laboratory Colney Lane
NR4 7UH Norwich
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Am Muehlenberg 1
14424 Gross Glienicke Potsdam
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
SUNGENE GMBH & CO. KGAA
Germany
Address
Corrensstrasse 3
06466 Gatersleben
UNIVERSITAET KOELN
Germany
Address
15,Gyrhofstrasse 15
50931 Koeln
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER DE TOULOUSE III
France
Address
Chemin De Borde-rouge
31326 Aureville