Special Issue – Metabolomics as a Tool to Evaluate Food Quality and Traceability
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 2区
• 小类 : 食品科技 - 2区
Foodomics involves the study of food and nutrition domains through the application and integration of advanced omics technologies, such as transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Among -omics, metabolomics is the youngest discipline, whose potential is emerging rapidly in parallel with the improvement in mass spectrometry, NMR, multivariate statistics and data management. The integration of comprehensive profiling approaches with biostatistics and bioinformatics, allows us to evaluate complex biological systems, like those involved in food science and nutrition.
In fact, metabolomics has been exploited to assess different topics involving food safety, food quality, as well as authenticity and traceability. Under the term "food quality", the scientific community is including a rather wide set of concepts connected to safety, sensorial and organoleptic value, nutrition and health promotion effects. Such quality aspects are often tightly related to the area of production, especially for traditional foods or those products owning PDO (Protected Designations of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indications) protection. This concept is commonly very clear for wine and implies market and economic aspects that may lead to commercial frauds or adulterations. As a consequence, powerful and effective analytical tools are urgently required to effectively investigate and to support quality claims, authenticity and origin of foods.
In view of the above potential and developments, Food Research International is inviting authors to submit unpublished original contributions, critical review articles and short communications for consideration in the special issue "METABOLOMICS AS A TOOL TO EVALUATE FOOD QUALITY AND TRACEABILITY". The papers submitted for consideration for publication in this special issue, must bring novel information and must be supported by appropriate state-of-the-art methods regarding food metabolomic approaches.
Topics covered in this special issue include but are not limited to:
- Targeted and untargeted metabolomic approaches to assess food quality, nutritional or organoleptic value
- Targeted and untargeted metabolomic approaches to assess authenticity, traceability and integrity of foods
- Detection of microbial and chemical contaminants in food chain by means of metabolomics
- Comprehensive screening of secondary metabolites as related to cultivars, post-harvest factors and food processing