Pollen Chemistry & Biotechnology (Hardcover)

Pollen Chemistry & Biotechnology By Nesrin Ecem Bayram (Editor), Aleksandar Z. Kostic (Editor), Yusuf Can Gercek (Editor) Cover Image

Pollen Chemistry & Biotechnology (Hardcover)


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Pollen is made up of many chemical constituents such as proteins, sugars, lipids, minerals and phytochemicals. These components make pollen products an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants for consumers. However, mycotoxigenic fungi are also common in pollen, creating contamination from generated mycotoxins. With adequate monitoring, sampling, processing and storage of pollen the development of mycotoxins can be significantly prevented. Since pollen grain has strong membranes which can limit the bioavailability of some nutrients and phytochemicals, novel methods and pretreatments are required with special emphasis on microbiological pretreatment methodologies.

Pollen Chemistry & Biotechnology summarizes current knowledge of the chemical composition of pollen, its importance as a functional food ingredient and its health promoting properties. As Introduction part a short elaborate about botanical characteristics and data, including morphology and anatomy of pollen and bee preferences, is given. Important factors such as the botanical and geographical origin, best practices for preservation of nutritional composition, bioactivity and safety of pollen are covered in full. The nutritional profile of pollen based on data for minerals, lipids and nutrients is presented. A detailed phytochemical profile of pollen based on data for phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins, bioactive compounds is also covered. Areas for the improvement of the bioavailability of different nutrients and bioactive compounds of pollen via applied pretreatments are presented, as are best practices for adequate pollen collection, procession and storage in order to obtain safe products. At the end, an overview about pollen bioactivity as reason to use it as source of pharmaceuticals is made.

Nesrin Ecem Bayram is an Associate Professor at Bayburt University, Aydıntepe Vocational College, Department of Food Processing in Bayburt, Turkey, ecem.nesrin@gmail.com; nesrinbayram@bayburt.ed.trAleksandar Z. Kostic is an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry in Belgrade, Serbia, akostic@agrif.bg.ac.rsYusuf Can Gercek is an Assistant Professor at Istanbul University in the Faculty of Science, Department of Biology in Istanbul, Turkey, yusuf.gercek@istanbul.edu.tr
Product Details ISBN: 9783031475627
ISBN-10: 3031475623
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: January 18th, 2024
Pages: 339
Language: English