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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picture_of_halfed_onions Quality aspects in open-pollinated onion varieties from Western Europe
Maria Romo Pérez, Nikolaus Merkt, Sabine Zikeli and Christian Zörb

Commercial onion breeders limit their selection criteria by focusing almost exclusive- ly on conventional farming. This raises the demand for certain well known varieties, but lowers the general diversity available on the mainstream market. A way to main- tain biodiversity is to preserve old open-pollinated varieties. Through their distinct aroma and flavor, these plants are again drawing the interest of farmers and consu- mers alike, making them a viable alternative to commercial varieties. To assess yield and quality aspects of West- European open-pollinated onions, we have evaluated nine varieties and compared them against two of their commercial, well-established counterparts. The study included onion production on the field in South-West Germany, evaluation of the quality and flavor parameters, as well as a trained sensory taste panel. Results showed high diversity in yield and chemical ...    read more of this article

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Issue 91 of Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality with 15 new articles published


Dear readers, 

I hope to find you well (and productive). After three months with the new website and submission system for the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, we still have some improvements to implement but all in all, the editorial workflow is running smoothly again. Unfortunately, the newsletter / table of contents messages are not working as desired yet, and we 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. You will then receive titles and abstracts of new articles as soon as they are published.

We have recently signed a co-operation with CNKI, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, which runs a very comprehensive scientific knowledge database. The Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality content will be indexed there in the near future, thus expanding its readership considerably.

 But now on to the new content! Issue 91 as been published at the beginning of this year and up until now, 15 articles with over 100 pages in total have been added:

Gomes Farias et al: Chemical properties and protective effect of Rosmarinus officinalis: mitigation of lipid peroxidation and DNA-damage from arsenic exposure

 Ahmad et al: Phytoremediation of arsenic contaminated soild by Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Terminalia arjuna and Salix tetrasperma

Ferouali et al: Solar drying, hygroscopic equilibrium and biochemical quality of Punica granatum legrelliae’s flowers

D. Samsampour et al: Effect of nitric oxide (NO) on the induction of callus and antioxidant capacity of Hyoscyamus niger under in vitro salt stress

S.H. Eom et al: Molecular cloning and functional characterization of the flavonoid 3′-hydroxylase gene from Rubus coreanus Miquel

Sicari et al: Portulaca oleracea L. (Purslane) extracts display antioxidant and hypoglycaemic effects

J.-S. Nam et al: Nutritional compositions in roots, twigs, leaves, fruit pulp, and seeds from pawpaw (Asimina triloba [L.] Dunal) grown in Korea

Oehl et al: Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in no-till and conventionally tilled vineyards

C.R. Domínguez et al: Content of bioactive compounds and their contribution to antioxidant capacity during ripening of pineapple (Ananas comosus L.) cv Esmeralda

M.R. Perez et al: Quality aspects in open-pollinated onion varieties from Western Europe

Nouman et al: Drought affects size, nutritional quality, antioxidant activities and phenolic acids of Moringa oleifera LAM.

Tom-Dery et al: Effects of elevated carbon dioxide and climate change on biomass and nutritive value of Kyasuwa (Cenchrus pedicellatus Trin.)

A.L. Hykkerud et al: Seasonal and yearly variation of total polyphenols, total anthocyanins and ellagic acid in different clones of cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus L.)

Maszewska et al: The study of palm and rapeseed oil stability during frying

Dong et al: Effect of hydrogen sulfide on surface pitting and related with cell wall metabolism in sweet cherry during cold storage

Read more about Issue 91 of Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality with 15 new articles published