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Food Processing

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOFOOD
RESEARCH GROUPS
NANOFOOD_FOODQUALITY
NANOFOOD_FOODPRCESSING

DESCRIPTION

The Food Processing Group focuses on three main areas:

  1. Development of smart, active and edible food packaging to extend the shelf life of perishable food and prevent food losses;
  2. Micro and nanoencapsulation of bioactive food ingredients in order to improve their bioavailability (increase of stability) and enhance their bioactivity (targeting);
  3. Design of new and adapted rheological properties in food by modifying the micro- and nanostructure of food polymers.

RESEARCH LINES

The research activity will focus the development of personalized food. For this purpose, the Food Processing Group is working on developing a solid portfolio of technologies and solutions in the fields of active and intelligent food packaging and in functional food nanostructures. These solutions have to address three main objectives:

  1. Improve food safety and empower consumers, allowing them to make educated decisions based not on the expiry dates, but on the visual information that the packaging provides about the actual state of food products;
  2. To enhance the bioactivity of food components by using innovative encapsulation technologies, and
  3. To obtain new theological properties.

The Food Processing Group also perform the toxicological assessment of food nanostructure that is offer as an external service. The group should develop activities with high TRL.

FUNDED PROJECTS

Drug Discovery and Delivery Network for Oncology and Eye Therapeutics (3D-NEONET)

This H2020 project is an international industry-academia consortium to accelerate the development of therapeutic interventions for cancer and eye disease through enhanced intersectoral and transnational research cooperation.

Valorization of marine resources for the production of bioactive compounds and design of functional foods.

Project funded by GAIN, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims the valorization of byproducts and fish processing wastes by means the recovery of high added value compunds and their use in the formulation of functional foods. The role of the group is to protect against degradation and stabilize of bioactive compunds by micro and nanoencapsulation.

SENIORPLUS. Tecnoloxías emerxentes e nanotecnoloxía aplicada para o desenvolvemento de alimentos funcionais orientados a sectores da poboación con necesidades especiais (terceira idade e persoas con alerxias e intolerancias alimentarias)

Project funded by CONECTAPEME, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims to apply emerging technologies and nanotechnology to develop functional and healthy foods with high added value for the population with special requirements (seniors and adults with allergies and food intolerances). The technologies used to guarantee a greater acceptance, the shelf life and food safety of the products at a competitive price, as well as the sustainability of the processes.

SF4SF Smart Factoy for Safe Foods

Project funded by CDTI, Ministry of Industry of Spain.

The project aims the integration of emerging technologies for the detection, removal and food risk management in food processing plants. The role of the group is:

1. To stabilize enzymes in biodegradable clean formulations by micro and nanoencapsulation; and

2. To develop nanocoatings to prevent microbial contamination in elaborated fish products.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2019

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu PabloFuciños, SarahAzinheiro CarlaCarvalho JoanaCarvalho MartaPrado

    Specific detection of viable Salmonella Enteritidis by phage amplification combined with qPCR (PAA-qPCR) in spiked chicken meat samples Journal Article

    Food Control, 99 , pp. 79-83, 2019.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2018

    JoanaCarvalho RenatoNegrinho, SarahAzinheiro AlejandroGarrido-Maestu JorgeBarros-Velázquez MartaPrado

    Data on minute DNA quantification on microvolumetric solutions: comparison of mathematical models and effect of some compounds on the DNA quantification accuracy Journal Article

    Elsevier, 21 (21), pp. 424-431, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    JoanaCarvalho GemaPuertas, JoãoGaspar SarahAzinheiro LorenaDiéguez AlejandroGarrido-Maestu ManuelVázquez JorgeBarros-Velázquez SusanaCardoso MartaPradoa

    Highly efficient DNA extraction and purification from olive oil on a washable and reusable miniaturized device Journal Article

    Analytica Chimica Acta, 1020 , pp. 30-40, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro Pablo Fuciños Joana Carvalho Marta Prado

    Highly sensitive detection of gluten-containing cereals in food samples by real-time Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification (qLAMP) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) Journal Article

    Food Chemistry, Volume 246 , pp. Pages 156–163, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Pablo Fuciños Marta Prado

    Development and evaluation of loop-mediated isothermal amplification, and Recombinase Polymerase Amplification methodologies, for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food samples Journal Article

    Food Control, Volume 86 , pp. Pages 27–34, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Marta Prado

    Rapid and sensitive detection of viable Listeria monocytogenes in food products by a filtration-based protocol and qPCR Journal Article

    Food Microbiology, 73 , pp. 254-263, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Sarah Azinheiro Joana Carvalho, Marta Prado ; Garrido-Maestu., Alejandro

    Evaluation of different genetic targets for Salmonella enterica serovar Enteriditis and Typhimurium, using Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification for detection in food samples Journal Article

    Frontiers in sustainable food systems, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Joana Carvalho Renato Negrinho, Sarah Azinheiro Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Jorge Barros-Velázquez Marta Prado

    Novel approach for accurate minute DNA quantification on microvolumetric solutions Journal Article

    Microchemical Journal, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2017

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Sara Abalde-Cela Enrique Carbó-Argibay Lorena Dieguez Marek Piotrowski Yury Kolen'ko Marta Prado V

    Combination of microfluidic loop-mediated isothermal amplification with gold nanoparticles for rapid detection of Salmonella spp. in food samples Journal Article

    Frontiers in Microbiology In Press, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Garrido-Maestu A.; Fuciños, Azinheiro Carvalho Prado P ; S ; J ; M

    Systematic loop-mediated isothermal amplification assays for rapid detection and characterization of Salmonella spp., Enteritidis and Typhimurium in food samples Journal Article

    Food Control, 80 , pp. Pages 297-306, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Vial S.; Berrahal, Prado Wenger Y ; M ; J

    Single-Step DNA Detection Assay Monitoring Dual-Color Light Scattering from Individual Metal Nanoparticle Aggregates Journal Article

    ACS Sensors , 2 (2) , pp. pp 251–256, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2016

    Prado M.; Espiña, Fernandez-Arguelles Diéguez Fuciños Vial Oliveira Reis Boehme B ; M T ; L ; P ; S ; J M ; R L ; K

    Detection of Foodborne Pathogens Using Nanoparticles. Advantages and Trends Book Chapter

    Antimicrobial Food Packaging, pp. pp.183-202, Jorge Barros-Velazquez, 1st Edition, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-12-800723-5.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Prado M.; Ortea, Vial Rivas Calo-Mata Barros-Velázquez I ; S ; J ; P ; J

    Advanced DNA- and Protein-based Methods for the Detection and Investigation of Food Allergens Journal Article

    Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition , 56 (Issue 15), pp. 2511-2542, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Pablo Fuciños
Staff Researcher

Miguel Cerqueira
Staff Researcher

Catarina Gonçalves
Staff Researcher

Marta Vieira
Research fellow

Sara Oliveira
Research fellow

Ana Bourbon
Research fellow

Miguel Xavier
Research fellow

Isabel Rodríguez
Scientific Associate

Vasco Martins
Research Laboratory Assistant

Ana Azevedo
Research Laboratory Assistant

Alexandra Azevedo
PhD Student

Anna Marín
Research Fellow

Sabela R. Amado
(Visiting Postdoc Research)

Artur Martins
(Visiting Research)

DESCRIPTION

The Food Processing Group focuses on three main areas:

  1. Development of smart, active and edible food packaging to extend the shelf life of perishable food and prevent food losses;
  2. Micro and nanoencapsulation of bioactive food ingredients in order to improve their bioavailability (increase of stability) and enhance their bioactivity (targeting);
  3. Design of new and adapted rheological properties in food by modifying the micro- and nanostructure of food polymers.

RESEARCH LINES

The research activity will focus the development of personalized food. For this purpose, the Food Processing Group is working on developing a solid portfolio of technologies and solutions in the fields of active and intelligent food packaging and in functional food nanostructures. These solutions have to address three main objectives:

  1. Improve food safety and empower consumers, allowing them to make educated decisions based not on the expiry dates, but on the visual information that the packaging provides about the actual state of food products;
  2. To enhance the bioactivity of food components by using innovative encapsulation technologies, and
  3. To obtain new theological properties.

The Food Processing Group also perform the toxicological assessment of food nanostructure that is offer as an external service. The group should develop activities with high TRL.

Drug Discovery and Delivery Network for Oncology and Eye Therapeutics (3D-NEONET)

This H2020 project is an international industry-academia consortium to accelerate the development of therapeutic interventions for cancer and eye disease through enhanced intersectoral and transnational research cooperation.

Valorization of marine resources for the production of bioactive compounds and design of functional foods.

Project funded by GAIN, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims the valorization of byproducts and fish processing wastes by means the recovery of high added value compunds and their use in the formulation of functional foods. The role of the group is to protect against degradation and stabilize of bioactive compunds by micro and nanoencapsulation.

SENIORPLUS. Tecnoloxías emerxentes e nanotecnoloxía aplicada para o desenvolvemento de alimentos funcionais orientados a sectores da poboación con necesidades especiais (terceira idade e persoas con alerxias e intolerancias alimentarias)

Project funded by CONECTAPEME, Xunta de Galicia, Spain.

The project aims to apply emerging technologies and nanotechnology to develop functional and healthy foods with high added value for the population with special requirements (seniors and adults with allergies and food intolerances). The technologies used to guarantee a greater acceptance, the shelf life and food safety of the products at a competitive price, as well as the sustainability of the processes.

SF4SF Smart Factoy for Safe Foods

Project funded by CDTI, Ministry of Industry of Spain.

The project aims the integration of emerging technologies for the detection, removal and food risk management in food processing plants. The role of the group is:

1. To stabilize enzymes in biodegradable clean formulations by micro and nanoencapsulation; and

2. To develop nanocoatings to prevent microbial contamination in elaborated fish products.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2019

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu PabloFuciños, SarahAzinheiro CarlaCarvalho JoanaCarvalho MartaPrado

    Specific detection of viable Salmonella Enteritidis by phage amplification combined with qPCR (PAA-qPCR) in spiked chicken meat samples Journal Article

    Food Control, 99 , pp. 79-83, 2019.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2018

    JoanaCarvalho RenatoNegrinho, SarahAzinheiro AlejandroGarrido-Maestu JorgeBarros-Velázquez MartaPrado

    Data on minute DNA quantification on microvolumetric solutions: comparison of mathematical models and effect of some compounds on the DNA quantification accuracy Journal Article

    Elsevier, 21 (21), pp. 424-431, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    JoanaCarvalho GemaPuertas, JoãoGaspar SarahAzinheiro LorenaDiéguez AlejandroGarrido-Maestu ManuelVázquez JorgeBarros-Velázquez SusanaCardoso MartaPradoa

    Highly efficient DNA extraction and purification from olive oil on a washable and reusable miniaturized device Journal Article

    Analytica Chimica Acta, 1020 , pp. 30-40, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro Pablo Fuciños Joana Carvalho Marta Prado

    Highly sensitive detection of gluten-containing cereals in food samples by real-time Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification (qLAMP) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) Journal Article

    Food Chemistry, Volume 246 , pp. Pages 156–163, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Pablo Fuciños Marta Prado

    Development and evaluation of loop-mediated isothermal amplification, and Recombinase Polymerase Amplification methodologies, for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food samples Journal Article

    Food Control, Volume 86 , pp. Pages 27–34, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Marta Prado

    Rapid and sensitive detection of viable Listeria monocytogenes in food products by a filtration-based protocol and qPCR Journal Article

    Food Microbiology, 73 , pp. 254-263, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Sarah Azinheiro Joana Carvalho, Marta Prado ; Garrido-Maestu., Alejandro

    Evaluation of different genetic targets for Salmonella enterica serovar Enteriditis and Typhimurium, using Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification for detection in food samples Journal Article

    Frontiers in sustainable food systems, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Joana Carvalho Renato Negrinho, Sarah Azinheiro Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Jorge Barros-Velázquez Marta Prado

    Novel approach for accurate minute DNA quantification on microvolumetric solutions Journal Article

    Microchemical Journal, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2017

    Alejandro Garrido-Maestu Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho Sara Abalde-Cela Enrique Carbó-Argibay Lorena Dieguez Marek Piotrowski Yury Kolen'ko Marta Prado V

    Combination of microfluidic loop-mediated isothermal amplification with gold nanoparticles for rapid detection of Salmonella spp. in food samples Journal Article

    Frontiers in Microbiology In Press, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Garrido-Maestu A.; Fuciños, Azinheiro Carvalho Prado P ; S ; J ; M

    Systematic loop-mediated isothermal amplification assays for rapid detection and characterization of Salmonella spp., Enteritidis and Typhimurium in food samples Journal Article

    Food Control, 80 , pp. Pages 297-306, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Vial S.; Berrahal, Prado Wenger Y ; M ; J

    Single-Step DNA Detection Assay Monitoring Dual-Color Light Scattering from Individual Metal Nanoparticle Aggregates Journal Article

    ACS Sensors , 2 (2) , pp. pp 251–256, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2016

    Prado M.; Espiña, Fernandez-Arguelles Diéguez Fuciños Vial Oliveira Reis Boehme B ; M T ; L ; P ; S ; J M ; R L ; K

    Detection of Foodborne Pathogens Using Nanoparticles. Advantages and Trends Book Chapter

    Antimicrobial Food Packaging, pp. pp.183-202, Jorge Barros-Velazquez, 1st Edition, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-12-800723-5.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Prado M.; Ortea, Vial Rivas Calo-Mata Barros-Velázquez I ; S ; J ; P ; J

    Advanced DNA- and Protein-based Methods for the Detection and Investigation of Food Allergens Journal Article

    Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition , 56 (Issue 15), pp. 2511-2542, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Pablo Fuciños
Staff Researcher

Miguel Cerqueira
Staff Researcher

Catarina Gonçalves
Staff Researcher

Marta Vieira
Research fellow

Sara Oliveira
Research fellow

Ana Bourbon
Research fellow

Miguel Xavier
Research fellow

Isabel Rodríguez
Scientific Associate

Vasco Martins
Research Laboratory Assistant

Ana Azevedo
Research Laboratory Assistant

Alexandra Azevedo
PhD Student

Anna Marín
Research Fellow

Sabela R. Amado
(Visiting Postdoc Research)

Artur Martins
(Visiting Research)

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
Lifescience
NANOFOOD
RESEARCH GROUPS
NANOFOOD_FOODQUALITY
NANOFOOD_FOODPRCESSING