Glucosinolates are a group of phytochemicals that are typical for Brassica species, with a role in the interaction with pathogens and pests.

Roles of Glucosinolates

Up to 120 different GLS gave been identified with a common core structure, with several that have anti-carcinogenic properties and are largely responsible for the typical flavor and odor of Brassica species.

Key research question

We study the genetic regulation of glucosinolate composition and content in B. rapa. Compared to B. rapa, B. oleracea contains several glucosinolates like glucoraphanin, that are well studied for their health promoting properties. Since various steps in the production chain (processing/preparation) affect the level of potential health-protective glucosinolates present in consumed vegetables of the Brassica genus, we decided to study the genetic regulation of glucosinolates in the chain, from farm to fork in an interdisciplinary collaboration with food scientists. The focus was on genetic regulation of thermal glucosinolate degradation.


  • Genomics of nutritional and developmental traits in Brassica (PSA program KNAW-MOST China)