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Terpenoids: Recent Advances in Extraction, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Book Announcement

Bentham Science Publishers

The knowledge of the production of countless chemical compounds by plants generates great expectations and concrete possibilities so that in the not too distant future, science can make available new technological processes compatible with current needs. Among the numerous chemically diverse compounds, there are the apolar ones, including hydrocarbons, and those of high polarity represented by polyphenols. Terpenoids are of great importance in this context, especially those found in essential oils, which represent an auspicious expectation for use in combating different endemic diseases that affect agricultural production.

The present book is entitled “TERPENOIDS: RECENT ADVANCES IN EXTRACTION, BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY”, and it will approach the most varied possibilities of using terpenoids in the control of pests such as insects, diseases caused by microorganisms, ticks, and weeds. Priority will be given to terpenoids produced by plants, endophytic fungi, propolis, and geopropolis. It will also focus on the functions of terpenoids in plants, as well as their biosynthetic pathways of production.

In general, the book will provide its readers with a broad and diverse mirror of the importance that terpenoids have for plant safety, and the possibilities for innovative biotechnological approaches that will make all the difference to agricultural production, resulting in more functional areas and higher-value products.


About the editors:

Mozaniel Santana de Oliveira, Ph.D.

Mozaniel Santana de Oliveira graduated in Chemistry from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil. He obtained both a master’s and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the same university. He has 12 years of professional experience. From 2010 to 2014, he worked on the chemistry of natural products at the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), and from 2014 to 2018, he worked in the Postgraduate Program in Food Science and Technology at the Federal University of Pará, specifically with essential oils. Since 2020, he has been a researcher for the Institutional Training Program - PCI, at the institution Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, linked to the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações of Brazil (MCTI), with studies focused on extraction, characterization chemistry, and applications of essential oils in several industrial segments, among them the food industry. Specifically, Dr. Oliveira has experience in engineering, food science and technology, pharmacology and drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, ethnopharmacology and ethnobotany, phytochemistry, methods of extraction of bioactive compounds, biotechnology of natural products, and allelopathy to find new natural herbicides to control invasive plants. He also has experience in the area of essential oil extraction using supercritical technology and conventional methods. Since 2020, he has supervised and co-supervised master’s and Ph.D. students in several graduate programs. Dr. Oliveira serves as a reviewer for thirty-one international scientific journals and is the academic editor of the journals Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Food Quality, Molecules, and Open Chemistry.


Antônio Pedro da Silva Souza Filho, Ph.D.

Antonio Pedro da Silva Souza Filho is a Brazilian, graduated in Agronomic Engineering from the Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA-1977), with a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the Universidade do Estado de São Paulo (Unesp-1995) and Post-doctoral internship at the Institute of Chemistry of the Universidade de São Paulo (2001). He began his professional activities in 1978, at Embrapa, having worked over the years on several research projects, both as a research coordinator and project member, in the area of natural products, specifically in the line of prospecting chemical molecules with potential for use. in weed management, focusing on the bioactivity of essential oils. He also worked as a collaborating professor in the postgraduate courses in Chemistry of Natural Products and Animal Science, at the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), having supervised several Master and Doctoral students. He also participated as co-advisor of masters and doctoral students from the Universidade do Estado de Paraná and Federal de Viçosa. He contributed to the development of doctoral thesis works at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas and the Universidade Federal do Maranhão. Currently, he is linked to Embrapa and throughout his scientific career, he has published numerous scientific articles in different specialized journals and has published several books and book chapters in the area of natural products with an emphasis on the chemical composition and bioactivity of essential oils. He was the President of the Brazilian Society for the Science of Weeds (SBCPD).

He has several article publications to his name as well as books.



Natural products, Allelopathy, Essential oils, Antimicrobials, Extraction, Bees, Supercritical Fluid,  Bioactive compounds, Isolation, Terpenes, Biochemistry,  Terpenoids, Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Entophytic fungi, Agriculture, Allelochemicals

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