Special Issue "Potential Strategies for Adding Value of Mediterranean and Exotic Fruits and Vegetables ByProducts"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisca Hernández Garcia
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Department of Plant Sciences and Microbiology, “Plant Production and Technology”, EPSO, UMH, Ctra. Beniel, km 3.2, 03312-Orihuela, Alicante, Spain
Interests: bioactive compounds; agronomic practices; deficit irrigation; minor Mediterranean crops; fruit production; sustainability
Dr. Marina Cano-Lamadrid
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Univ Miguel Hernandez Elche UMH, Dept Agrofood Technol, Escuela Politecn Super Orihuela EPSO, CSA,Res Grp Food Qual & Safety, Carretera Beniel,Km 3-2, Orihuela 03312, Spain
Interests: bioactive compounds; agronomic practices; deficit irrigation; minor Mediterranean crops; fruit production; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is focused on “Potential Strategies for Adding Value to Mediterranean and Exotic Fruit and Vegetable Byproducts”. Around a third of all food produced is lost or wasted at some point in the food chain. The losses vary quite a bit, reaching up to 50% in the case of fruits and vegetables (including tubers, roots, and oilseed crops). It can be said that an inappropriate timing for harvest, overproduction, unexpected climatic conditions, non-suitable harvesting and handling practices, and inadequate postharvest technology are the most significant losses in the vegetable and fruit chain. Taking the abovementioned into account, the detected problems must be solved through specific measures such as: i) extending the shelf life of fresh and minimally processed Mediterranean and exotic agricultural productions, assuring food safety and optimum commercial, organoleptic, and nutritional quality; ii) developing new presentations; iii) revaluing the agricultural industry byproducts; and iv) developing the bio-economy and circular economy through the use of organic solid waste, including waste and agricultural byproducts. The aim of this Special Issue is to promote the revalorization of Mediterranean and exotic vegetable and fruit byproducts due to their high value and the fact that they are rich in bioactive compounds and nutritional components.

Prof. Dr. Francisca Hernández Garcia
Dr. Marina Cano-Lamadrid
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • minor Mediterranean crops
  • byproducts
  • revalorization
  • bioactive compounds

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Ghanaian Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) Bean Shells Coproducts: Effect of Particle Size on Chemical Composition, Bioactive Compound Content and Antioxidant Activity
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 401; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020401 - 23 Feb 2021
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The worldwide cocoa bean shell (CBS) generation is estimated at around 900,000 tons. In their composition, this coproduct showed several bioactive compounds like methylxanthines or polyphenolic compounds. Thus, the aim of this work was to investigate the effects of different particle sizes on [...] Read more.
The worldwide cocoa bean shell (CBS) generation is estimated at around 900,000 tons. In their composition, this coproduct showed several bioactive compounds like methylxanthines or polyphenolic compounds. Thus, the aim of this work was to investigate the effects of different particle sizes on the chemical composition, physico-chemical, bioactive compounds content, and antioxidant properties of flours obtained from cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) bean shells. The flours obtained from CBS with different particle sizes had high content of dietary fiber (61.18–65.58 g/100 g). The polyphenolic profile identified seven compounds being epicatechin and catechin (values ranged 4.56–6.33 and 2.11–4.56 mg/g, respectively) as the most abundant compounds. Additionally, the methylxanthines theobromine and caffeine were quantified with values ranging from 7.12 to 12.77 and 4.02 to 6.13 mg/g, respectively. For the fatty acid profile, the principal compounds identified were oleic, stearic and palmitic acids. CBS had antioxidant capacity with all methods assayed. For DPPH, ABTS and FRAP assays values ranged between 2.35–5.53, 3.39–11.55, and 3.84–7.62 mg Trolox equivalents/g sample, respectively. This study suggests that cocoa bean shells may constitute a valuable coproduct for the food industry due to its high content in valuable bioactive compounds. Full article
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Title: Ghanaian Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) Bean Shells Co-Products: Effect of Particle Size on Chemical Composition, Bioactive Compound Content and Antioxidant Activity
Authors: Carmen Botella-Martinez 1 , Raquel Lucas-Gonzalez 1 , Carmen Ballester-Costa 1 , José Ángel Pérez-Alvarez 1 , Juana Fernández-López 1 , Johannes Delgado-Ospina 2,3 , Clemencia Chaves-López 2 and Manue
Affiliation: 1 IPOA Research Group, Agro-Food Technology Department, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Orihuela, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Orihuela, 03312 Alicante, Spain 2 Faculty of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of Teramo, Via R. Balzarini 1, 64100, Teramo, Italy. 3 Grupo de Investigación Biotecnología, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de San Buenaventura Cali, Carrera 122 # 6-65, 76001, Cali, Colombia.

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