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Leila Queiroz Zepka

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

An associate professor from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil who has 500 publications/communications and 10 registered patents. Her research interests include microalgae biotechnology with an emphasis on biomolecules and natural pigments.


Tatiele Casagrande Do Nascimento

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

A researcher from the Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil whose research interests include exploration of the microalgae compounds for food purposes with emphasis on bioactive metabolites and health.

Eduardo Jacob-Lopes

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

An associate professor from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil who has 15 registered patents and 550 publications /communications, which include 15 books, 50 book chapters, 100 original research papers, 370 research communications in international and national conferences.


Carotenoids Chlorophylls Phenolic Compounds Fatty Acids Polysaccharides Sterols Regulatory Mechanism Synbiological Systems Distribution Metabolic Pathway Production Optimization Environmental Conditions

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Animals, plants, fruits, vegetables, and microorganisms synthesize a range of bioactive metabolites with proven beneficial effects on human health, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory, and anti-obesity activities. Among them are carotenoids, chlorophylls, phenolic compounds, sterols, fatty acids, polysaccharides, proteins, peptides, and amino acids that perform specialized functions at the biological level. Knowledge of the biosynthetic routes and the factors that influence regulation and accumulation are fundamental for monitoring and optimizing the production of these valuable metabolites. Recently, the support of advanced technologies involving genetic engineering, for example, has significantly promoted the mass production of compounds.

Thus, this book aims to provide the reader with recent advances in the knowledge acquired on the biosynthesis of bioactive metabolites, including distribution, regulatory mechanisms, accumulation induction, the influence of environmental conditions, and the impact of the use of advanced technologies.

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Date completed: November 4th 2020

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Deadline for chapter proposals: December 3rd 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: February 1st 2021

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Review results due: April 22nd 2021

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Expected publication date: June 21st 2021

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Leila Queiroz Zepka

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Prof. Leila Queiroz Zepka is currently an associate professor at the department of food technology and science, Federal University of Santa Maria. She has a masters in food engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande and a doctorate in food science from State University of Campinas. She has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. She is a technical and scientific consultant of several companies, agencies and scientific journals. She has 500 publications/communications which include 15 books, 50 book chapters, 90 original research papers, 250 research communications in international and national conferences and has registered 10 patents. Her research interest includes microalgae biotechnology with emphasis on biomolecules and natural pigments.

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