Two papers by NCRG made into the top 4% of JAFC in 2016–2017

Advances in Polyphenol Research: A Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Virtual Issue Scientists have investigated polyphenols since at least the start of the 19th century, and these compounds continue to be the subject of intense activity, with some 500 papers published in just the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) between January 2016 and July […]

New tools for the analysis and understanding for the bioactivity of oligomeric ellagitannins

MSc Nicolas Baert from the Natural Chemistry Research Group (http://naturalchemistry.utu.fi) defended his doctoral thesis on August 18. The excellent doctoral training Nicolas enjoyed during the LegumePlus project has already paid off, since Nico travelled to Turku from the Cornell University, New York, where he holds his new post-doc position. It is perhaps a matter of […]

NCRG tannin analyses expand to Australia

There are more than 600 species of Eucalyptus in Australia and only little is known of their exact composition and content of ellagitannins, galloyl glucoses, gallotannins, procyanidins and prodelphinidins. Such knowledge would be crucial to understand and make improvements to Eucalyptus-herbivore interactions. Eucalyptus–koala interactions Koalas are unique to Australia and perhaps the best known and […]

NCRG went pain(t)balling – reds came out as winners

Natural Chemistry Research Group spent a really nice and eventful evening by shooting each other as accurately and as painfully as possible for two hours. Fourteen group members were divided between two teams: the blues and the reds. With these color codes it was obvious at least for the group leader that the reds will […]

Understanding the bioactivity of plant tannins

MSc Marica Engström from the Natural Chemistry Research Group (http://naturalchemistry.utu.fi) defended her doctoral thesis on June 17. The method developments and findings included in the thesis will have a significant impact on all fields of science dealing with tannin chemical analysis. New tools for rapid tannin fingerprinting by UPLC-MS/MS The most significant results of the […]

Flower color may be enhanced by plant defensive compounds

Sylvatiins, a new group of tannins was found from the petals of Geranium sylvaticum. These compounds may have a significant role in flower color manifestation via a co-pigmentation effect. Tannin rich plant Geranium sylvaticum (i.e. wood cranesbill) is a common plant in Finland and grows wild in most parts of Europe. It is a perennial […]

LegumePlus Midterm Results

Publishable summary Fodder legumes have two advantages over other forage plants. They are high in protein and require little or no nitrogen fertiliser. There are other benefits which legumes can offer. Some, like sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil, contain ‘bioactive’ constituents that optimise protein use in ruminant nutrition, reduce methane gas emissions, control parasitic worms and […]