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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
NR4 7UH Norwich
14424 Gross Glienicke Potsdam