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Publication #25

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ESR#15 Nayyer Rehman has published a consumer-focused study. This study employs a mixed-methods approach to examine consumer motivations and barriers towards plant-based, cell-culture-derived, and insect-based meat alternatives. The paper, entitled “Is Sustainable Consumption a Sufficient Motivator for Consumers to Adopt Meat Alternatives? A Consumer Perspective on Plant-Based, Cell-Culture-Derived, and Insect-Based Alternatives”, was featured in the special issue “Exploring the Rise of Alternative Foods: A Consumer Behavior Perspective” of MDPI.

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Publication #24

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ESR#1 Zoe Giannioti has released a new paper. In this work, pairs of organic and conventional wheat samples were collected and subsequently milled, in order for the resulting flours to be used in the preparation of bakery products (biscuits, crackers) and pasta, simulating industrial conditions. She examined how the IRMS values were affected as food traceability markers and followed a realistic approach to the exposure of consumers to mycotoxins and pesticide residues, which is important since wheat is consumed in processed forms. Multi-residue analysis proved the most effective for authentication purposes, since no residues were detected in the organic products. Moreover, differences between organic and conventional products were seen in their bulk and amino acid (leucine, proline) N isotope values. Lastly, while processing did not affect the bulk isotope values, it caused a decreasing trend in the mycotoxin and residue contamination going from the wheat grain to the final products.

The paper is published in Food Chemistry.

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Publication #23

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ESR#5 ESR Maria Antonietta Carrera has released her second paper on toxins in bee pollen entitled "Method optimisation for large scope pesticide multiresidue analysis in bee pollen: A pilot monitoring study" and published in Food Chemistry.

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Publication #22

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ESR#11 Edoardo Donà has released his first paper discussing the novel uses of graphene oxide for ammonia sensing. The paper is entitled "Plasma-Modification of graphene oxide for advanced ammonia sensing" and published in Applied Surface Science.

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Publication #21

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ESR#12 Johan Stanley has released another paper discussing work that aims to synthesize poly(ethylene furanoate) based nanocomposites containing Ce-bioglass, ZnO, and ZrO2 nanoparticles via in-situ polymerization techniques, targeting food packaging applications. The paper is entitled "Synthesis of Poly(Ethylene Furanoate) Based Nanocomposites by In Situ Polymerization with Enhanced Antibacterial Properties for Food Packaging Applications" and published in MDPI.

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Publication #20

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ESR#12 Johan Stanley has released a paper discussing research that deals with the fabrication of Poly(ethylene furanoate) (PEF)-based nanocomposites using silver (Ag) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles by the in-situ polymerization method. The importance of this research work is to extend the usage of PEF-based nanocomposites with improved material properties and utilized for secondary packaging (unintended food-contact) materials. The paper is entitled "Fabrication of Poly(ethylene furanoate)/Silver and Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposites with Improved Thermal and Antimicrobial Properties" and published in MDPI.

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Publication #19

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ESR#9 Alicia Macan Schonleben has released her first paper discussing the use of stable isotopes to determine pesticide levels in edible insects. The paper is entitled "Stable isotope ratios and current-use pesticide levels in edible insects: Implications on chemical food safety" and published in Food Research International.

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Publication #18

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ESR#8 Lorenzo Martello has released his second paper. He has developed a novel, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and efficient analytical method was developed to analyze fungicide residues in water and wine. He discusses this in his paper entitled "Synthesis and evaluation of a chitosan nanomaterial as efficient sorbent for determination of fungicide residues in waters and wine by liquid chromatography high resolution mass spectrometry" and published in Analytical Methods.

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Publication #17

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ESR#7 Harshit Sahai has released his third paper discussing microplastics from mulch films as sources of chemical contamination to agricultural soils and biodegradable films as a greener choice. The paper is entitled "Evaluation of the sorption/desorption processes of pesticides in biodegradable mulch films used in agriculture" and published in Chemosphere.

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Publication #16

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ESR#1 Zoe Giannioti has released her second paper, this time using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) to distinguish organic food from non-organic food. The paper is entitled "Isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) methods for distinguishing organic from conventional food products: A review" and published in Trends in Analytical Chemistry.

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Publication #15

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ESR#7 Harshit Sahai has released his second paper, this time in Science of The Total Environment entitled "Quantification of nanoplastic uptake and distribution in the root, stem and leaves of the edible herb Lepidum sativum."

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Publication #14

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Our ESR Maria Antonietta Carrera has released a paper entitled: "Method optimisation for large scope pesticide multiresidue analysis in bee pollen: A pilot monitoring study".

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Publication #13

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In this paper, our ESR Mudita Vats describes her unique study on the spatial distribution of molecules and compounds responsible for the flavour profile of edible mushrooms. This is using MALDI-MSI mass spectrometry.

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Publication #12

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In this paper, our ESR Lidia Molina explains how MALDI-2 improves the detection of certain polymers and provides new insights into the ionization mechanisms involved in MALDI-2.

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Publication #11

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One of the FoodTraNet staff, Giulia Poma, from the Toxicological Centre, University of Antwerp, has released a paper in the Journal of Environmental Exposure Assessment entitled "First insights into the occurrence of pesticide residues in edible insects from sub-Saharan African countries."

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Publication #10

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ESR#12 Johan Stanley has released a paper in Polymers MDPI entitled "Effect of Monomer Type on the Synthesis and Properties of Poly(Ethylene Furanoate))."

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Publication #9

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ESR#2 Jonas Andersen has released a paper in Frontiers in Nutrition entitled "Improvement of Caciotta-like cheese nutritional value by means of enrichment with blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) and Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)."

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Publication #8

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ESR#8 Lorenzo Martello has recently published his work on novel molecularly imprinted polymers in Microchemical Journal. Congratulations Lorenzo!

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Publication #7

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ESR#7 Harshit Sahai has just released a paper in Chemosphere entitled "Exploring sorption of pesticides and PAHs in microplastics derived from plastic mulch films used in modern agriculture."

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Publication #6

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New publications keep coming from the ESRs, this time with an interesting review about micro barcodes. ESR4 Abdur Anwar, co-authored a paper entitled "Microcavity- and Microlaser-Based Optical Barcoding: A Review of Encoding Techniques and Application" within ACS Photnics.

The authors explain microlaser-based optical barcoding over traditional techniques. Microcavity- and microlaser-based barcodes are a very powerful tool which holds great promise. However, it is only in its infancy. By developing new kinds of microcavities as well as optical systems for their detection, they could become both a tool in research as well as useful for numerous applications i.e., product labelling and cell tracking. For more details check out his publication here.

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Publication #5

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Maria Antonietta Carrera (ESR5) has just published her first paper looking at micro-toxins in bee pollen, published within the journal "Food Control". The analyses were performed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays.

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Publication #4

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First-year PhD hard work is finally paying off for the ESRs. Eirini Andreasidou (ESR10) has just published a new article about the impact of treated wastewater on irrigated tomatoes. The use of wastewater has potential benefits for the environment, but the chemicals in it could accumulate in edible plants, vegetables and cereals. Then, could these chemicals be threatening human health? For a more insightful view of this topic, take a look at her article here.

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Publication #3

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Zoe Giannioti (ESR 1) has published her first paper in conjunction with her colleagues at FEM entitled "Determination of Regulated and Emerging Mycotoxins in Organic and Conventional Gluten-Free Flours by LC-MS/MS".

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Publication #2

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Johan Stanley (ESR 12) and Athira John (ESR 13) published a new paper in Macromol journal. The paper consists of a review of processing methods for packaging applications. They focused on active compounds which are incorporated in food packaging to improve their antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

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Publication #1

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Athira John (ESR 13) published a review paper this January in Polymers. In this paper, Athira worked more in-depth on her PhD topic, which consists in evaluating different ways to incorporate these active agents into the different packaging materials

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