Deep eutectic solvents: Exploring their role in nature

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The role of deep eutectic solvents in Nature is nowadays an intriguing field of knowledge, attracting attention of a myriad of researchers from different fields. Fundamental studies in biochemistry, plant physiology, metabolomics, or chemistry aim to understand the role of these systems in living organism, to engineers looking for solutions to technological problems such as enhancement of bioactive stability and bioavailability, to an increase shelf life of sensitive components. In this chapter we present some examples in which natural deep eutectic solvents are present, such as honey, maple syrup, sugar beet, and resurrection plants. In the examples explored, we provide some cues on the role of NADES and their link to particular adaptive mechanisms that these living organisms have found to overcome, for example, extreme drought or extreme temperature amplitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeep Eutectic Solvents: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
EditorsDiego J. Ramón, Gabriela Guillena
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783527818471
ISBN (Print)9783527345182
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2019


  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • nature
  • Resurrection plant
  • Sugar beet
  • Sugars


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