Food Technology and Nutrition Center of Excellence
Natural active compounds are used in modern medicine either directly isolated from plants or synthetically modified. Extracts of medicinal plants or natural products such as functional foods present an alternative to conventional drugs in the prevention and treatment of diseases. However, the underlying intrinsic biochemical mechanisms for these substances remain unclear in many cases. Our work is therefore focused on unravelling basic functions of selected phytochemicals and to provide a basis for the design and development of functional food, feed and natural pharmaceuticals.