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 Society for Plant Sciences (DBG). It provides a platform for scientists to disseminate recent results of applied plant research in plant physiology and plant ecology, plant biotechnology, plant 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.

Special Section “Product quality and consumer behavior at the crossroads of sustainability and crises” open for submission

bags of nuts and almonds on a market

Product quality requirements from the consumer's point of view are increasingly influenced by environmental aspects such as land use, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. Crises triggered by pandemics or climate change /extreme weather events can also influence quality expectations and consumer behavior. Hence, each consumer has to decide between quality vs. price, sustainability vs. food security or even calories vs. taste.

The Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality will take the different trade-offs in agriculture and food production into account with a special section entitled "Product quality and consumer behavior in the area of conflict between sustainability and crises". For this purpose, selected contributions from the 54th annual conference of the German Society for Quality Research of Plant-Based Foods (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualitätsforschung pflanzlicher Nahrungsmittel e.V., DGQ) will be published. At the same time, this section is open to contributions from international authors. Any manuscripts that address the trade-off between sustainability on the one hand and yield/food security on the other are welcome. Articles may be focused on individual parts or cover the entire chain from farm to fork. We especially welcome discussion and review articles, which may also include economic, political or social aspects.

The following is a non-exclusive list of appropriate topics related to plant food products:

- Fruit and vegetables in times of climate change and lock-downs
- Global trade vs. local production
- Food waste, pre and post production
- Dietary styles and sustainability
- Consumer behavior
- Product quality/ Fruit and vegetable quality
- Stored product protection under changing climate

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, feel free to send an abstract for pre-evaluation to one of the Editors-in-Chief. Submission will be open until July 31th 2021. Accepted manuscripts will be published within this year.

Current content

chamomile plants

Medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites − State of the art and trends in breeding, analytics and use in feed supplementation− with special focus on German chamomile

by Bettina Faehnrich, Chlodwig Franz, Pietro Nemaz and Hans-Peter Kaul

Plants in ecology interact with their biotic and abiotic environment. Means of interactions, and thereby crucial for the survival of the species, are secondary plant metabolites. Exploration of the plants’ metabolism in action and reaction to their environment, the formation and release of secondary plant metabolites in specific (stress) situations and their functions as attractants, defence or protection agents gives us the chance to exploit the knowledge for human purposes. The purpose of medicinal use of these metabolites turns the bearing plants into medicinal plants. Health promoting, disease preventing and other favourable effects make these plants and their extracts valuable as dietary and feed additives. This review covers some current aspects of conventional breeding, particularly of German chamomile, of phytochemical analytics and of use of medicinal plants in feed supplementation. The main three groups of functional plant metabolites terpenes, polyphenols and alkaloids are treated. Outlook in research, in challenging analytical questions and in effective product development is provided, outlining current trends in production of secondary plant metabolites and demands on the market.