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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Bitter gourd, Momordica charantia L., breeding lines differ in secondary metabolite content according to market type

B. Trierweiler, M.A. Frechen, S.T. Soukup, B. Egert, S. Baldermann, S. Sanguansil, J.D. McCreight, S.E. Kulling, N.P.S. Dhillon

Bitter gourd, Momordica charantia L., is an important commercial cucurbitaceous vegetable of enormous medicinal value in Asia because of its secondary metabolite content. We report here the characterization and evaluation of open-pollinated (OP) edible South Asian and Southeast Asian types of bitter gourd breeding lines, developed at the World Vegetable Center, for horticultural traits (11 OP) and secondary metabolites (10 OP) and their comparisons with commercial OP and F1 hybrid cultivars. Marketable yields of South Asian and Southeast Asian type breeding lines were comparable to the OP ‘BARI Karella 1’ and the hybrid ‘Benteng’, respectively. The bitter gourd cultivars and breeding lines included in this study exhibited specific patterns for five secondary metabolites (saponins, carotenoids, chlorophyll a and b, and vitamin C): in general the two cultivars ... read more of this article

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Orbituary to former Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lieberei

On March 5th 2019 Professor Reinhard Lieberei, one of the leading scientists in the field of Applied Botany, passed away in Gorleben at the age of 70. As former president of the German Society of Applied Botany (1996-2005), he has made many efforts to modernise the society. In 2008 he became Editor-in-Chief of the newly renamed Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, which had just been joined by the German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods. Together with his co-Editor-in-Chief Hartwig Schulz, he furthered the journal's development until its conversion to an open access online journal in 2013. After his retirement in 2013, Hans-Joachim Weigel succeeded him as Editor-in-Chief. Read the full obituary here


100 years Journal of Applied Botany, the oldest and the newest articles are online!


Dear readers,

 This year we want to celebrate the 100th birthday of our journal, which was first published as Angewandte Botanik (= Applied Botany) in 1919.

It started as journal for members of the Vereinigung für Angewandte Botanik (German Society for Applied Botany) only. On a monthly basis, it delivered the newest research results in the field of applied botany as well as short communications, literature reviews and reports from scientific meetings to the German speaking research community. After a short publication hiatus in the 1940ies, society members continued to report their findings, quickly exhausting the available print pages. Throughout the years, English titles and summaries where added, making the journal accessible for a wider, non-German speaking audience. The final step into the international research community was the opening of the journal for authors, who were not society members in the 1980ies. In 2004, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualitätsforschung - Pflanzliche Lebensmittel (German Society for Quality Research in Plant Foods) joined the journal due to partial overlap in their research focus, thus, making it the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality as we know it today. The latest change happened in 2013, with the switch from a subscription based print journal to an online-only gold open access journal.  This once again broadened the readership and gained the attention of even more international researchers, which nowadays make up the majority of our journal authors.

Today, we bring you both, the oldest volume of the journal from 1919 (in German only) and with volume 92 (2019) the newest articles. Happy reading!

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