PhD Scholarship Exploring the Potential of Apple dihydrochalcones on novel cosmetical, nutritiona...

Edmund Mach Foundation
July 19 2017
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Full Time
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Funded by Edmund Mach Foundation. The project will be carried out at the Metabolomics research unit

The growing knowledge about the health attributes of apple fruits and apple derived products, and the increasing public awareness for nutritious and health promoting food, have led to an increasing demand for apple fruits and products with high nutritional and healthy qualities. The apple tree itself (Malus sp.) is an agriculturally and economically very important crop and the source of several foods and beverages but also of some nutritional or pharmaceutical products so far. Especially the region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol but also the “Genussregion Oberland” (in Tyrol) are well known for the important production of high quality apples. Fruits but also leaves are known to accumulate various polyphenolic compounds with dihydrochalcones as characteristic bioactive metabolite of the genus Malus, with otherwise only limited distribution in higher plants. Although this class of phytochemicals is, compared to other prominent secondary metabolites in apple (e.g. flavonoids, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins), less understood, there is strong evidence that they greatly contribute to the health-beneficial activities of apple itself and derived products. This fact led to the hypothesis that dihydrochalcones might have also great potential for yet not identified applications in nutrition, cosmetics and pharmacy. 

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