Alfredo Aires

University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Alfredo Aires (Ph.D) is actually a post-doc researcher in University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, and he is a full member of Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB) at the same institution. In the last 15 years, he is devoted to the study and research of plant secondary metabolites, their properties, variations, biological effects and health beneficial properties. In addition, he has published different works about isolation and quantification methods of polyphenols. Actually, their research is focused on the recovery of polyphenols, tannins and other type of secondary metabolites from agricultural crop residues to be used in agri-food and pharmaceutical industry.

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Tannins are one of the polyphenols group found in plants and are mainly studied because of their structural properties and bioactive behavior. Every year new findings concerning their properties and functions are made, and today concerns are mainly focused on how they can be used efficiently in the wood, food, textile, health, and pharmaceutical industries. Thus, the aim of this book is to present the most updated information on the structural properties of tannins, their food sources and variations, biological properties, and health, among other important issues. In addition, the most recent methods used for their isolation, quantifications, and industrial applications will also be covered.

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