PhytoHub is the first online database to inventory all phytochemicals present in foods commonly ingested with human diets. It compiles data scattered in more than 20 databases as well as data manually extracted by experts from the literature, or experimentally obtained in collaborative platforms.

It has been designed for use in nutritional metabolomics and in the field of the health effects of plant foods and their phytochemicals. Users can browse PhytoHub or make simple queries by food source, phytochemical name, molecular formula, monoisotopic mass, or MS/MS fragments, as well as more advanced queries. PhytoHub can for example list all the food phytochemicals (precursors) & metabolites matching with a monoisotopic mass found in a metabolomic profile, or list all the phytochemical metabolites expected in biological fluids after consumption of a given food.

A major strength of PhytoHub is that it is continuously curated and updated by scientists with expertise on the different families of food phytochemicals. A web interface has been developed in 2017 to facilitate data curation.

New contributors with expertise on food phytochemicals are welcome. Please contact us if you are interested to join the project, or to give any feedback on PhytoHub to help us to improve it. Recent relevant publications can also be sent for integration by our team of curators.

Initial Contributors

Otto Savolainen, Stefania Noerman, Marina Armeni, Kati Hanhineva, Rikard LandbergDepartment of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Wieslaw Wiczkowski, Natalia Bączek Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Olsztyn, Poland
Gesine SchmidtNofima, Department of Food and Health, Aas, Norway
Catherine Caris-VeyratINRA Avignon, UMR408, France
Rachel KopecThe Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Franciso Tomas-Barberan, Rocio Garcia-Villalba, Juan Carlos Espin, Angel Gil Izquierdo, Fernando Vallejo, Cristina García Viguera, Diego A Moreno, Raúl Domínguez-Perles Centro de Edafologia y Biologia Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS –CSIC), Murcia, Spain
Peter HollmanRIKILT Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Claudia Nunes dos SantosiBET, Oeiras, Portugal
Andreia Bento da Silva, Maria Rosario BronzeInstitute of Chemical and Biological Technology (ITQB), Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal
Mariem Achour, Cécile Gladine, Marie-Anne Verny, Natalia Vazquez-Manjarrez, Pierre Micheau, Séverine Valero, Laurent-Emmanuel Monfoulet, Christine Morand, Claudine ManachHuman Nutrition Unit, INRAE Clermont-Ferrand, UMR1019, Université Clermont Auvergne, France
Laura Nyström, Linda MüngerInstitute of Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Begoña Bartolomé SualdeaInstituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL), CSIC-UAM, Madrid, Spain
Mireia Urpi-Sarda, Rafael LlorachUniversity of Barcelona, Spain
Yoann FillâtreEuropean Research Institute on Natural Ingredients, Grasse, France
Tuba Esatbeyoglu, Christoph HassenbergMax Rübner Institute, Karlsrühe, Germany
Eirine DeligiannidouUniversity of Thrace, Greece
Maria Gema Pereira Caro, Jose Luis Ordoñez Diaz, Alicia Moreno Andalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fishering Research and Training (IFAPA), Córdoba, Spain
Jarlei Fiamoncini, José Fernando Rinaldi de Alvarenga School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Ana Rodriguez Mateos, Alex CheokDepartment of Nutritional Sciences, King’s College, United Kingdom
Giuseppe Di Pede, Pedro Mena, Letizia Bresciani, Luca Narduzzi, Claudia Favari, Nicole Tosi, Daniele Del RioHuman Nutrition Unit, Department of Food and Drugs, University of Parma, Italy
Rosa Maria Casas, Sara Castro Baquero, Ana Maria Ruiz, Francesc Casanovas, Ramon EstruchAugust Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), Spain
Frank Giacomoni, Nilhs PaulheHuman Nutrition Unit, Metabolism Exploration Platform,INRAE Clermont-Ferrand, France
Anna Tresserra Rimbau, Sarra Hurtado Barros, Anna Vallverdú Queralt, Isabella Parilli Moser, Anallely López Yerena, Julián Lozano Castellón, Sonia Ramirez Garza , Maria Marhuenda Muñoz, Rosa M Lamuela-Raventós, Marta Trius Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety (INSA-UB), University of Barcelona, Spain
Eliane Fialho De OliveiraFederal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dorrain Yanwen LowLee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University: Singapore
Nieves Baenas, Vanesa Nuñez University of Murcia, Spain


The development of PhytoHub 1.0 was supported by INRA and by the French National Agency of Research (ANR) (Project ALIA2010-007- PhenoMeNEP “Phenotyping using Metabolomics for Nutritional Epidemiology”, 2010-1013).

It was further developed in the framework of the FoodBAll project funded by the JPI Healthy Diet for Healthy Life (2014-2018). The COST Action POSITIVe supported PhytoHub through generating or compiling knowledge on plant food bioactives (2014-2018).

PhytoHub is further developed in the framework of the FoodPhyt project funded by the JPI Healthy Diet for Healthy Life (2020-2024).