Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 255–261 | Cite as

Differential abilities of Korean soybean varieties to biosynthesize glyceollins by biotic and abiotic elicitors

  • In Sil Park
  • Hyo Jung Kim
  • Yeon-Shin Jeong
  • Woo-Keun Kim
  • Jong-Sang Kim


Glyceollins synthesized in soybeans that are exposed to biotic or abiotic stress have been reported to have health benefits. Considering that glyceollins are de novo synthesized from daidzein via several enzymatic steps and that isoflavone concentration widely varies among soybean varieties, the abilities of 60 soybean cultivars to synthesize glyceollins were compared under different elicitation conditions. Soybeans accumulated glyceollins differentially depending upon the cultivar when elicited with Aspergillus sojae. Contrary to our hypothesis that high isoflavone varieties may accumulate glyceollins more efficiently upon elicitation, glyceollin accumulation in response to fungal elicitation was not related with the concentration of either total isoflavones or daidzein in soybeans. Rather the glyceollin levels were significantly affected by soybean cultivar and most effectively increased by fungal infection. The data suggest that the selection of a strong fungal elicitor and a soybean cultivar with genotype that highly expresses the genes involved in glyceollin biosynthesis is essential for efficient glyceollin production.


glyceollins soybean cultivar elicitor phytoalexins isoflavones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • In Sil Park
    • 1
  • Hyo Jung Kim
    • 2
  • Yeon-Shin Jeong
    • 3
  • Woo-Keun Kim
    • 4
  • Jong-Sang Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Food Science and Technology (BK21 program)Kyungpook National UniversityDaeguKorea
  2. 2.National Development Institute of Korean MedicineGyeongsan, GyeongbukKorea
  3. 3.Department of Farm Management, College of Agriculture and Life SciencesKyungpook National UniversityDaeguKorea
  4. 4.System Toxicology Research CenterKorea Institute of ToxicologyDaejeonKorea

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