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Phytochemicals under organic and low input crop production systems – Potential influ-ences on health and nutrition in humans and animals

Bennett, Dr Richard Neil and Rosa, Prof Eduardo A.S. (2006) Phytochemicals under organic and low input crop production systems – Potential influ-ences on health and nutrition in humans and animals. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Phytochemicals (plant secondary metabolites) have received considerable interest in the last three decades in relation to their biosynthetic regulation in plants and also their health effects in animals and humans. There is increasing evidence from epi-demiological data, from in vitro cell studies, and from animal and human intervention studies that certain phytochemicals can significantly affect nutrition and health. Some of these effects are positive (e.g. reduc-tions in the risk of developing cancers, coronary heart disease and immune dysfunctions) whereas others can be negative (e.g. toxic non-protein amino acids and pro-carcinogenic furanocoumarins). Levels of phytochemicals and other plant defence compounds are modulated by many genotype-independent factors such as light, water, CO2, oxygen and ozone, nutrient supply, pesticides, levels of diseases and herbivore damage. Therefore different production methods for crops (conventional, low input and organic) have the potential to significantly affect the levels of the phy-tochemicals in the crops, and subsequently affect health and nutrition in the consumers


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 10: Health and nutrition
Deposited By: Bennett, Dr Richard Neil
ID Code:7883
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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