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Plant Secondary Chemistry: from Biochemistry to Applications

Ames, Nancy [1].

Plant Biosynthesis: A Source of Bioactives for Human Health.

Plant biochemical products are well known for their role in plant function and defense, but in recent years there has been there has been extensive research into the impact of consuming specific plant-based compounds on human metabolism resulting in targeted health outcomes. We now consider agricultural crops not only as a source of providing basic macronutrients to the population, but seek out dietary solutions for reducing prevalent diseases affecting human populations, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. This presentation will provide an overview of the many plant compounds derived from Canadian agricultural products that are of interest for “nutraceutical” and functional food markets. Strategies for increasing plant bioactives such as beta-glucan, avenanthramides, lutein and phenolic acids will be discussed including opportunities to utilize genotype-by-environment effects to optimise levels in the plant. Current research into the mechanism of barley beta-glucan cholesterol lowering has also shown that physicochemical properties of plant-derived bioactives can impact physiological responses in human feeding trials. These novel findings suggest exploring relationships between plant genetics and the human gene-diet interaction could yield new opportunities in the future as the field of nutrigenomics develops.

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1 - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, 196 Innovation Drive, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T2N2, CA

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Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY01
Location: Hall C/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 10:15 AM
Number: SY01006
Abstract ID:1373
Candidate for Awards:None

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