Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Biology, Phytochemistry, Genetics, and Defense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ivica Blažević, Sabine Montaut, Franko Burčul, Patrick Rollin
      Pages 3-60
    3. Pablo Velasco, Víctor Manuel Rodríguez, Marta Francisco, María Elena Cartea, Pilar Soengas
      Pages 61-86
    4. Marco Possenti, Simona Baima, Antonio Raffo, Alessandra Durazzo, Anna Maria Giusti, Fausta Natella
      Pages 87-132
    5. Huiying Miao, Jiansheng Wang, Congxi Cai, Jiaqi Chang, Yanting Zhao, Qiaomei Wang
      Pages 133-162
    6. Astha Singh
      Pages 237-246
  3. Biological Activity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Federica Saladino, Keliani Bordin, Fernando Bittencourt Luciano, Mónica Fernández Franzón, Jordi Mañes, Giuseppe Meca
      Pages 249-274
    3. Cristina Angeloni, Silvana Hrelia, Marco Malaguti
      Pages 275-299
    4. Elena Catanzaro, Carmela Fimognari
      Pages 301-317
    5. Pon Velayutham Anandh Babu, Chrissa Petersen, Zhenquan Jia
      Pages 319-337
  4. Analytical and Processing Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Probo Yulianto Nugrahedi, Matthijs Dekker, Ruud Verkerk
      Pages 407-429
    3. Giuliana Bianco, Raffaella Pascale, Filomena Lelario, Sabino A. Bufo, Tommaso R. I. Cataldi
      Pages 431-461
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 463-473

About this book


This is the first comprehensive reference compilation on the substance class of glucosinolates. This handbook introduces the reader to the sulfur-containing glucosinolates (S-glucosides), a class of secondary metabolites of almost all plants of the order Capparales, in particular in the family Brassicaceae (e.g. broccoli and other cabbages), derived from glucose and an amino acid. The book illustrates the natural variety of glucosinolate structures, mainly derived from the precursor amino acid. Chapters describe the resulting rich bioactivity of the glucosides, for example as anti-cancer agents, insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, their potential phytotoxic effects, antimicrobial activity and their possible role in neurodegenerative diseases and human health. Different methods for the extraction, characterization, quantification and processing of the glucosinolates are introduced, and potential applications are discussed. The fate of glucosinolates during food processing is also briefly addressed. This handbook is written by leading experts and structured in different sections addressing the natural occurrence of glucosinolates, their (bio-)synthesis, bioactivity, food processing of glucosinolate-containing vegetables, health and disease-related aspects, biotechnology, and methods applied in glucosinolate-research. It is thus a rich reference source for every reader working in the field, from chemists and biotechnologists, to life scientists, pharmacists and medical scientists.


Anthocyanins broccoli sprouts Brassicaceae plants biochemistry Broccoli health promotion Chromatography phytochemical compounds Enzymatic activation glucosinolates Health promotion cruciferous vegetables Mustard oils Phytochemical fingerprinting S-glucosides Secondary metabolites Sulforaphane

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Mérillon
    • 1
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  2. 2.Botany DepartmentM.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25461-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25462-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2511-834X
  • Series Online ISSN 2511-8358
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