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Coffee in Health and Disease Prevention by Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 7

Botanical Aspects of the Antioxidant System in Coffee

Igor Cesarino,  and Paulo Mazzafera     Departamento de Biologia Vegetal, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract

Coffee species are native to African tropical forests, which are characterized as shady and low-water-deficit environments. However, in most of the countries that grow coffee, the plants are cultivated under full sunlight when they are exposed to marked changes in light intensity and water supply. Additionally, in some situations, coffee plants are exposed to low temperatures, and more recently, exposure to heavy metals is increasing because sewage sludge has been suggested as a potential organic fertilizer. Under such ...

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