"Quercetin" The Effects of Pre-Harvest Quercetin Application on the Accumulation of Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines

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The goal of this study is to test whether spraying burley tobacco with the naturally occurring flavonoid quercetin leads to a reduction of tobacco-specific nitrosamine (TSNA) levels. Quercetin recently became a major focus of attention because of its reported health benefits, many of which are attributed to its antioxidant properties. Quercetin also has antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral activity. Since both an increase in antioxidant capacity of tobacco prior to curing and a decrease in the plant-associated microbial population have been proposed as strategies to reduce TSNA accumulation, we hypothesize that a quercetin spray will reduce TSNA accumulation. If we can find an effective spray treatment, this will be the cheapest, simplest and most reliable way to reduce TSNAs..
Effective start/end date4/1/143/31/16


  • Council for Burley Tobacco: $6,300.00


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