The Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality is the Open Access journal of the German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods and the Section Applied Botany of the German Botanical Society. It provides a platform for scientists to disseminate recent results of applied plant research in plant physiology and plant ecology, plant biotechnology, plant breeding and cultivation, phytomedicine, plant nutrition, plant stress and resistance, plant microbiology, plant analysis (including -omics techniques), and plant food chemistry. The articles have a clear focus on botanical and plant quality aspects and contain new and innovative information based on state-of-the-art methodologies.

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Actors’ post-harvest maize handling practices and allied mycoflora epidemiology in southwestern Ethiopia: Potential for mycotoxin-producing fungi management
Chemeda Abedeta Garbaba, Lemlem Gurmu Denboba, Esayas Mendesil, Fikre Lemessa Ocho, Oliver Hensel
Image: Ethiopian Granary (by A. Davey, CC-BY 2.0)

Maize plays a key role in household food security in Ethiopia, but its benefit has been limited with high post-harvest losses. This study was initiated to assess post-harvest practices and associated fungi pathogen epidemiology along the maize supply chain in southwestern Ethiopia. The study was conducted in five purposively selected districts and a three-stage sampling procedure was employed for selection of the target groups. In total, 342 participants from different actors were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. Maize samples were collected every month from 63 randomly selected actors for mycological analysis during six months storage period. Post-harvest loss was estimated to be 31% and loss during storage was identified as a critical loss point. Comparing all biological agents, loss due to fungal pathogens in the store ranked on top. Moisture content at loading stage could not increase ... read more of this article

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9 more articles and a new Impact Factor!


Dear Readers,

I hope to find you well. Half of 2018 is gone and we have filled over 180 pages of this year’s issue of the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality with content. Nine articles have been added since the last newsletter in May. Browse the current issue here: .

We still weren’t unable to fix the newsletter / table of contents messages and have to resort to announcements such as this on the webpage. However, you can sign up for our RSS feed with  if you use a feed reader or if your email program is able to process RSS feeds. You will then receive titles and abstracts of new articles as soon as they are published.

Last month, the 2017 impact factors (Clarivate’s Journal Citation Reports) have been released and we are proud to announce that the upwards trend for the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality continues. Our 2017 IF is 1.115. Likewise, our Scopus Cite Score improved to 1.24.

Last but not least, I want to point you to the 2nd International Plant Spectroscopy Conference (IPSC-2019), which will be held in Berlin, Germany, on March 25-28, 2019. The conference brings together internationally renowned spectroscopists and plant scientists. The meeting will gather experts from fundamental to applied research and will highlight applications from academia to industry. New developments in various fields of spectroscopy and their application in plant sciences will be presented and discussed. Plenary lectures include "NMR in plant science - methods and selected examples" (Bernd Schneider), "Cheminformatics tools to query metabolomics across species, genotypes and metabolic modules" (Oliver Fiehn), "Multivariate analytical strategies for spectral data of plants" (Andras Gorzsas), "Raman microscopy combined with AFM to get a deeper insight into complex biological samples" (Malgorzata Baranska) and many more. For more information and for registration (already open!), visit

New articles are:

 A novel estimation method of total flavonoids in an edible medicinal mulberry leaves by ultrasound-assisted hydroalcohol-acid extraction and HPLC-DAD

 Analysis of nutritional composition and antioxidant activity of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) leaf and petiole

 Antineurodegenerative, antioxidant and antibacterial activities and phenolic components of Origanum majorana L. (Lamiaceae) extracts of different origin

Genetic resources and selected conservation methods of tomato

Comparison of terpene and phenolic profiles of three wild species of Echeveria (Crassulaceae)

Characterization of physico-chemical and bio-chemical compositions of selected four strawberry cultivars

Optimization of brewing conditions in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) extraction from Jinxuan summer green tea by response surface methodology

Alkaloid content and essential oil composition of Mahonia breviracema cultivated under different light environments

Characteristic amino acids in tea leaves as quality indicator for evaluation of Wuyi Rock Tea in different cultured regions

Read more about 9 more articles and a new Impact Factor!