Special Issue "Contemporary Engineering Technologies in Food Processing, Antimicrobial Optimization and Pesticides Usage in Agricultural Practice"

A special issue of AgriEngineering (ISSN 2624-7402).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nikola Puvaca
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Department of Engineering Management in Biotechnology, Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad, University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Interests: animal science; nutrition; antimicrobials; antibiotic alternatives; veterinary; biotechnology
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Dr. Vojislava Bursic
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Department for Plant and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad
Interests: the estimation of the effects of agricultural substances on food and the environment; food quality and safety; chromatographic analyses
Dr. Aleksandra Petrović
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Department for Plant and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad
Interests: agricultural zoology; environmental protection; biodiversity conservation; risk assessment; bioindicators; water quality
Dr. Dragan Soleša
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Department of Informatics, Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad, University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Serbia
Interests: informatics, software engineering, programming, clouding, IoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing the world population and economical world crises that are rising each day makes fast and high-quality food production an extremely hard and difficult job. Contemporary engineering technologies in food processing, antimicrobial optimization and pesticide usage in agricultural practice nowadays are more than necessary, as well as their appropriate implementation. Internet of Things and clouding technologies as the concept of the intelligent object is realized using sensors, actuators and integrated microcontrollers. These smart objects collect data, process them and initiate appropriate actions from the development environment. The internet of things will thus bring inconceivable advantages and help in the modernization of agricultural production. The industrialization of the agricultural sector has increased the chemical burden on the natural ecosystems. During food production, antibiotics have been widely used in animal nutrition, while parallel to that pesticides has been used in agricultural lands, public health programs, and urban green areas to protect plants and humans from various diseases. Despite their benefits, both antibiotics and pesticides can be hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment. Pesticides are environmentally stable, toxic and prone to bioaccumulation. The environmental contamination or occupational use can expose the general population to pesticide residues, including their metabolites present in the air, water and food. Pesticide residues in food even in the limits under the MRLs may present the real health risk as in the case of simultaneous exposure to multi-residues, which occurs in real-life conditions and may have synergistic negative effects to humans and animals.

This special issue aims to address all aforementioned topics including society's needs for the implementation of a new, smart and technologically advanced agricultural concepts regarding food production and to create awareness in the population concerning their health.

Dr. Nikola Puvača
Dr. Vojislava Bursić
Dr. Dragan Soleša
Dr. Aleksandra Petrović 
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Keywords

  • processing
  • technologies
  • internet of things
  • pesticides
  • antibiotics
  • food and feed safety
  • agribusiness and agronomy
  • water and soil

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Impact of Microwave Thermal Processing on Major Grain Quality Traits of Linseed (Linum usitatissium L.)
AgriEngineering 2020, 2(2), 256-263; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering2020016 - 28 Apr 2020
Abstract
The current study investigated the effects of thermal processing of the microwave technology on nutritive value, crude protein solubility, urease activity and amino acid profile on linseed grains. Samples were treated in a SAMSUNG GE82N-B microwave oven at 450W for 0 (L1), 60 [...] Read more.
The current study investigated the effects of thermal processing of the microwave technology on nutritive value, crude protein solubility, urease activity and amino acid profile on linseed grains. Samples were treated in a SAMSUNG GE82N-B microwave oven at 450W for 0 (L1), 60 (L2), 180 (L3), 300 (L4), and 420 (L5) seconds, respectively. Microwave treatment for 300 seconds showed a significant (p ≤ 0.05) decrease in activity urease comparing to raw linseed. The raw and treated linseed protein solubility index (PDI) show statistical differences (p ≤ 0.05) between all the treatments compared. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses of samples differences in the amino acid composition between controls and experimental treatments showed that amino acids were not significantly affected (p ≥ 0.05), except isoleucine and leucine amino acid (p ≤ 0.05). From the results of the present study, it is possible to identify that the best method for improving linseed quality for animal feed is the application of microwave for 60 second (treatment L2). Our results indicate that microwave thermal processing or micronizing dry thermal processing of grains could be successfully used in large industrial feed production with a short period of time and the improved nutritional parameters of grains, increased shelf-life and the unchanged amino acid profile of treated grains. Full article
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