Short Oral Presentation Awards - Polyphenols Applications 2022

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Many Short Oral Presentations were submitted during the 15th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications, held on September 28-30 2022. The committee voted for the best 3 of these short oral presentations.

Best Short Oral Presentation Award #1

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Paul Besrukow, Geisenheim University, Germany was discerened an award for his short oral presentation entitled "Grape Cane Stilbenoids as Biopesticides in Organic Viticulture"

Mr. Besrukow is working on the analysis, valorization and application of polyphenols extracted from agricultural by-products. In scope of the joint project VITIFIT, which focuses on the reduction of copper usage in organic viticulture, he investigates the antifungal efficacy of differently formulated stilbenoid-rich grape cane extracts on Plasmopara viticola, causal agent of grapevine downy mildew. 

 Best Short Oral Presentation Award #2

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Cornelia Schmutz, University of Vienna, Austria, received the best short oral presentation award for her contribution "Anthocyanin-Rich Berry Extracts and Chemotherapy: A Critical Combination". 

Irinotecan, as pro-drug of SN-38, is a frequently chosen chemotherapy option for colorectal cancer. Bioactive plant ingredients, so-called anthocyanins, are promising candidates to possibly alleviate adverse effects induced by the topoisomerase (TOPO) poison SN-38. Hence, the FWF funded project is centered on potential protective or adverse effects of anthocyanin-rich berry extracts during chemotherapy. In vitro experiments already showed reduced DNA/TOPO I intermediates, in both tumorigenic and non-tumorigenic colon cells.

Future work will focus on the relevance of the observed effects inin vivomodels of tumor-bearing animals.

Best Short Oral Presentation Award #3


Learnmore Kambizi, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, was discerned an award for his short oral contribution "Pigmented Potatoes: A Potential Panacea for Food and Nutrition Security and Health?"

Prof. Kambizi is a full professor of Botany at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. His main interests are Ethnobotany, Phytomedicine, Botany, Medicinal Plants, Sustainable utilization and conservation, Food and Nutrition Security.

His interests in working with Traditional Medical Practitioners are a major part of his work. Prof Kambizi was appointed the first Director of African Centre for Herbal Research based in Nigeria, a position he holds to date. Although Prof Kambizi is well vested in medicinal plants, he has interests in food and nutrition security with the vision 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind. These interests have led him to start work on indigenous underutilised pigmented potato cultivars. This is because of their immense potential in ameliorating food and nutrition insecurity as shown in this review that he put together. So far, he has worked on the role of root zone temperature on physiological growth and phytochemical constituents as well as biological activity, in Salad Blue, Pink Fir Apple and Highland Burgundy Red pigmented potato cultivars, among other studies. Although phytochemical constituent results look promising, the biological activities are not conclusive. Therefore, further studies are required to elucidate these activities.

Going forwards, Prof Kambizi is interested in studying more cultivars from different parts of the world to see their responses to different biotic and abiotic stresses especially in South Africa where he is based, isolation of the main phenolic compounds, elucidation of their activities, and bioavailability of these compounds especially after processing. Bioavailability studies post processing will potentially open insights into the quality and quantity of the compounds that would be useful in human physiology and therefore link these compounds to the health benefits of these potatoes.

Prof Kambizi is actively looking for funding and collaborators to pursue these studies and is open to any such around the globe.    

Polyphenols Applications 2022 Congress
September 28-30, 2022 - Valencia, Spain


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