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Bio-Farms for Nutraceuticals

Functional Food and Safety Control by Biosensors

  • Maria Teresa Giardi
  • Giuseppina Rea
  • Bruno Berra


  • Describes the efficacy and safety of some medicinal, nutraceutic herbs and plants

  • Methods to enhance the quantity of phytonutrients

  • Deals with testing the safety and quality of nutraceutics using both classical and new research methodologies and technologies


Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 698)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Giuseppina Rea, Amina Antonacci, Maya Lambreva, Andrea Margonelli, Cecilia Ambrosi, Maria Teresa Giardi
    Pages 1-16
  3. Barbara Demmig-Adams, William W. Adams III
    Pages 17-26
  4. Giovanni Scapagnini, Calogero Caruso, Vittorio Calabrese
    Pages 27-35
  5. Klaus W. J. Wahle, Iain Brown, Dino Rotondo, Steven D. Heys
    Pages 36-51
  6. Angela Maria Rizzo, Patrizia Berselli, Stefania Zava, Gigliola Montorfano, Manuela Negroni, Paola Corsetto et al.
    Pages 52-67
  7. Teresa Lavecchia, Paolo Petroni, Giuseppe Rodio, Riccardo Pina
    Pages 68-73
  8. Justyna Krzyzanowska, Anna Czubacka, Wieslaw Oleszek
    Pages 74-98
  9. Anja Hohtola
    Pages 99-109
  10. Eleftherios Touloupakis, Demetrios F. Ghanotakis
    Pages 110-121
  11. Autar K. Mattoo, Vijaya Shukla, Tahira Fatima, Avtar K. Handa, Surender K. Yachha
    Pages 122-143
  12. Laura Pistelli, Annalisa Giovannini, Barbara Ruffoni, Alessandra Bertoli, Luisa Pistelli
    Pages 167-184
  13. Mariella Lucchesini, Anna Mensuali-Sodi
    Pages 185-202
  14. Barbara Ruffoni, Laura Pistelli, Alessandra Bertoli, Luisa Pistelli
    Pages 203-221
  15. Montserrat Cortina-Puig, Beatriz Prieto-Simón, Mónica Campàs, Carole Calas-Blanchard, Jean-Louis Marty
    Pages 222-233
  16. Simona Carmen Litescu, Sandra Eremia, Gabriel Lucian Radu
    Pages 234-240
  17. Simona Carmen Litescu, Sandra Eremia, Gabriel Lucian Radu
    Pages 241-249

About this book


"Bio-Farms for Nutraceuticals" can be said to have been born of the NUTRA-SNACKS project within the Sixth Framework Programme Priority on Food Quality and Safety. One objective of NUTRA -SNACK S was to improve the nutritional and eating properties of ready-to-eat products and semi-prepared foodstuffs through better monitoring of the quality and safety of raw materials and the development of innovative processes along the production chain. Another main objective of the project was the production of ready-to-eat snacks with high nutraceutic activity. Seven research institutes and three companies in six European countries were involved in this effort. The co-operation resulted in the production of food having a high content of natural metabolites with the following beneficial health effects: anticancer, antilipidemic, anticholesterol, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antihypertensive, anti-inflamatory and antioxidant activities.


Berra Bio-Farms Carotenoids Functional Food Giardi Metabolite Nutraceuticals Nutrition Rea Vitamin C

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Teresa Giardi
    • 1
  • Giuseppina Rea
    • 1
  • Bruno Berra
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Crystallography, Department of Agrofood and Department of Molecular DesignNational Council of Research, Area of Research of RomeMonterotondo Scalo, RomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of General Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Sciences Applied to Biosystems, DISMABUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

About the editors

MARIA TERESA GIARDI, PhD, is a Research Manager at the National Council of Research (CNR) in Rome, Italy. Her background is in organic-industrial chemistry, and she has extensive experience in molecular biology; modification of photosystem II to increase its resistance to high temperature and sensitivity to radiation; signal transduction in optical and electrochemical biosensors; protein stabilization and utilization in biosensor design, and analytical procedures in general. She is a referee for the US Department of Agriculture for industrial projects. She has worked in various research institutions and research and development companies both in Europe and the USA. She is a supervisor or coordinator of a number of national and international projects in the field of biosensors: European Agency Life V project, 20xx-2004; a European Space Agency project involving space flight in 2005; a NATO “linkage grant”, dedicated to sensors based on plant and microrganisms. GIUSEPPINA REA, PhD, is a molecular biologist and is on the permanent staff of CNR-IC. She is an expert in the molecular mechanisms involved in plant defense responses and has many years of experience in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and protein engineering techniques. She is project monitor of the CNR project Biotechnological Applications of Oxygenic Photosynthetic Organisms in the Agro-food Field and Space Environment, and the EU projects Multibioplat and Sensbiosyn, aimed at producing bacteria and algae with improved photosynthetic performance to exploit them in biological farms for nutraceutical applications and biosensing elements in biosensor development. Her research activities are mainly focused on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Rhodobacter sphaeroides. She is advisor to several PhD students in Plant Biotechnology working in the fields of exobiology, nutraceutics and biosensors. BRUNO BERRA, PhD, received his academic degree in Chemistry from the University of Pavia, Italy. He is Professor f.r. of Biochemistry at the University of Milan and works at the Department of Molecular Sciences Applied to Biosystems in the Faculty of Pharmacy. During his active teaching career he taught Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Nutrition Biochemistry and Cosmetology. His most important research areas include: isolation, fractionation, purification and analysis of glycolipids from brain, extranervous tissues and biological fluids; biochemical diagnosis of sphingolipidosis and follow-up of Gaucher’s patients receiving enzyme replacement therapy; nutritional biochemistry with reference to fats and antioxidants; membrane component studies in spontaneous or induced degenerative processes, with particular reference to solid and tumor cells; skin biochemistry and molecular biology of the skin; and space biology. He is a member of numerous national and international scientific organisations including the Italian Society of Biochemistry (1957-2004), the Italian Society for Fat Research, the International Conference of Biochemistry of Lipids (ICBL), the Euro Fed Lipid, the American Oil Chemist’s Society, and the American Society of Diabetes.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bio-Farms for Nutraceuticals
  • Book Subtitle Functional Food and Safety Control by Biosensors
  • Editors Maria Teresa Giardi
    Giuseppina Rea
    Bruno Berra
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Landes Bioscience and Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-7346-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-7940-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-7347-4
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 334
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biomedicine, general
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