3 Biotech

, 8:448 | Cite as

Importance of Lupinus albescens in agricultural and food-related areas: A review

  • Tássia Carla Confortin
  • Izelmar Todero
  • Luciana Luft
  • Juliana Ferreira Soares
  • Marcio Antonio Mazutti
  • Giovani Leone Zabot
  • Marcus Vinícius TresEmail author
Review Article


The purpose of this review is to assist readers in understanding the importance of Lupinus albescens to nature, farmers, and scientists. L. albescens is mostly found in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and in “Campanha, Litoral and Missões” regions of State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Therefore, this review presents information and discussion on this plant that can encourage novel studies in a near future for exploring evermore the biological and physicochemical properties of L. albescens. The plant presents adaptive characteristics of soils with low content of nutrients, being an important plant for the recovering of degraded areas. In the last few years, there was an increase in scientific interest for exploring its chemical composition and biological activities. All plant matrices (i.e., roots, leaves, seeds, and stalks) are rich in antioxidant and antifungal compounds, especially stigmasterol. For example, the extracts obtained from the roots are reported with more than 50 wt% stigmasterol and 25 wt% ergosterol. Furthermore, the extracts present remarkable fungicide effects, especially against Fusarium oxysporum and Fusarium verticillioides.


Lupinus albescens Chemical composition Extract Antioxidant Antifungal Degraded areas 



The authors thank Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) for the scholarships, and Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS), and National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) for the financial support.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EngineeringFederal University of Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringFederal University of Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratory of Agroindustrial Processes Engineering (LAPE)Federal University of Santa MariaCachoeira do SulBrazil

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