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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Agro-morphological changes caused by the accumulation of lead in Corchorus olitorius, a leafy vegetable with phytoremediation properties
Sibongokuhle Ndlovu, Rajasekhar VSR Pullabhotla, Nontuthuko Rosemary Ntuli
Image: Corchorus olitorius (by Dinesh Valke, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Lead (Pb) can enter the food chain through the consumption of contaminated plants and can cause serious health issues. However, research on how Pb accumulation affects morphology of leafy vegetables in South Africa is minimal. This study tested the effect of lead accumulation on vegetative and reproductive traits of Corchorus olitorius. Plants were grown under varying Pb concentrations, and studied for their variation in vegetative and reproductive traits as well as Pb accumulation in leaves, stems and roots. Plants grown within allowable soil concentrations of 150 mg kg–1 Pb accumulated toxic (≥ 10 mg kg–1) Pb in all plant parts without causing any morphological defect, except for a decrease in chlorophyll content. Minor reductions in growth and yield were ... read more of this article

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This year we celebrate the 100th birthday of our journal, which was first published as Angewandte Botanik (= Applied Botany) in 1919. To this occasion, we have invited members of the Section Applied Botany of the German Botanical Society and members of the German Society for Quality Research in Plant Foods to contribute to a special section. The resulting articles impressively demonstrate the wide range of topics which the two publishing societies cover. Find these articles in the current issue. Happy reading!


Goodbye, 100th anniversary


Dear readers, authors, reviewers and fellow editors,

the year draws to a close and the 100th anniversary of the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality is almost over. We started this year with a look into the very first issue of ‘Angewandte Botanik’ from 1919, which is now online free to read. Hopefully, more of the historic issues will follow. To this considerable collection of findings and reports from previous generations, we added another 50 scientific articles this year, eight of which are special reviews to show the whole range of topics that are applied botany.

The next year will bring some changes to the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, which you might have noticed when looking around this website carefully. More detailed information will follow. Also, a new special section is in planning for 2020 in remembrance of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lieberei, who sadly passed away this year. He was one of the leading scientists in applied botany in Germany and we are very much looking forward to the contributions of his former students and co-workers.

At this point, we want to thank all authors for their contributions, also those whose manuscripts we had to decline. Don’t be discouraged! Hand in any new, high qualitative work that fits the journal’s scope. We also thank the vast number of reviewers, who support the journal with their expertise and oftentimes very constructive criticism. Finally yet importantly, we thank our readers. We haven’t installed a newsletter with newly published journal content yet, but feel free to subscribe to our rss feed or follow us on Twitter, if you aren’t already.

We hope you have relaxing holidays and a happy new year. Please bear with us, when replies during the next two weeks are a bit slow. We are recharging our batteries as well for a good start into 2020.

Your JABFQ Editorial Team

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