Special Issue "Oil Production"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Susana Casal
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REQUIMTE, Laboratory of Bromatology and Hydrology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: analytical methods; food lipids; food technology; food authenticity; food safety; food waste
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Dear Colleagues,

The increasing food/feed demand, together with the persistent dependence on oils for energetic purposes, makes oil production an issue that deserves continuous attention.  Additionally, the concerns on oil production environmental impacts, as well as the climate change effects on oil crops needs to be discussed and probably reshaped to grant the future oil supply that our society will need.

This Special Issue aims to look into the production, processing and quality of oils for food/feed, cosmetic, biodiesel and other purposes, without forgetting waste management. Articles focusing on new or renewed oil sources production are welcomed, from vegetable, microalgae, insect or other sources.

Prof. Susana Casal
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • vegetable oils production
  • new oils sources
  • waste management
  • sustainable agriculture
  • organic agriculture
  • environmental impact
  • intensive farming
  • seasonal agriculture
  • climate change
  • crop protection
  • productivity

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Assessing and Explaining the Efficiency of Extensive Olive Oil Farmers: The Case of Pelion Peninsula in Greece
Agriculture 2018, 8(2), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8020025 - 13 Feb 2018
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The production of olives and olive oil in the Mediterranean region is one of the most important cultivations. The continuous changes imposed by the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards strengthening the influence of market forces have increased the necessity for the assessment [...] Read more.
The production of olives and olive oil in the Mediterranean region is one of the most important cultivations. The continuous changes imposed by the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards strengthening the influence of market forces have increased the necessity for the assessment of the efficiency of production protocols or patterns being implemented by the farmers. As regards olive trees cultivation, the efficiency of inputs utilization has not been studied in depth, despite the fact that this is a critical issue for both farmers and consumers. This study evaluates the efficiency rates of 100 Greek agricultural holdings specialized on olive trees cultivation by implementing a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) input oriented model. The inputs being used are land, fertilizers, agrochemicals, labour, and energy. The output being used is the revenue of each holding. The results quantify the significant variations of efficiency scores, providing evidence that there is space for restructuring the production process, in order to improve efficiency and thus decrease the production cost of inefficient farmers. Full article
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The Potential of Some Moringa Species for Seed Oil Production
Agriculture 2018, 8(10), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8100150 - 30 Sep 2018
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There is an increasingly demand for alternative vegetable oils sources. Over the last decade there has been fast growing interest in Moringa oleifera Lam., particularly due to its high seed oil yield (30–40%), while other Moringa species with similar potentialities are reducing their [...] Read more.
There is an increasingly demand for alternative vegetable oils sources. Over the last decade there has been fast growing interest in Moringa oleifera Lam., particularly due to its high seed oil yield (30–40%), while other Moringa species with similar potentialities are reducing their representativeness worldwide. This review reinforces the interesting composition of Moringa oil, rich in oleic acid and highly resistant to oxidation, for industrial purposes, and shows that other Moringa species could also be exploited for similar purposes. In particular, Moringa peregrina (Forssk.) Fiori has an interesting oil yield and higher resistance to pest and diseases, and Moringa stenopetala (Bak. f.) Cuf. is highlighted for its increased resistance to adverse climate conditions, of potential interest in a climate change scenario. Exploring adapted varieties or producing interspecies hybrids can create added value to these less explored species, while renewing attention to endangered species. Moringa seed oil can be extracted by conventional methods or using physical methods (pressing), creating diverse products from a compositional perspective, able to serve both the biodiesel and food industries. Full article
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The Unexplored Potential of Edible Flowers Lipids
Agriculture 2018, 8(10), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8100146 - 20 Sep 2018
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Edible flowers have been historically linked to traditional world cuisine and culture. They are often used as ingredients in food and beverages for medicinal or pharmaceutical purposes. However, little attention has been paid to the quality of their lipids, and therefore to their [...] Read more.
Edible flowers have been historically linked to traditional world cuisine and culture. They are often used as ingredients in food and beverages for medicinal or pharmaceutical purposes. However, little attention has been paid to the quality of their lipids, and therefore to their potential for oil extraction and use in the food and food supplements industries. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the lipid composition of several edible flowers, including fat content, fatty acids, vitamin E, and carotenoids profiles. Edible flower lipids were found to be rich in linoleic (C18:2) and α-linolenic (C18:3) acids, which are essential fatty acids. Furthermore, most flowers are a good source of α-tocopherol and xanthophylls, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. This review provides valuable information on the lipid profile of some edible flowers in order to better characterize them and to increase their popularization among the food industry and consumers, boosting agriculture demand for these products. Full article
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