Special Issue "Biomolecules from Plant Residues"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carmen Ancìn-Azpilicueta
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Guest Editor
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Interests: antioxidants; biogenic amines; aminoacids; stem; phenolic compounds; analytical chemistry
Dr. Irene Esparza Catalán
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Co-Guest Editor
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Interests: phenolic compounds; analytical chemistry; chromatography; antioxidant activity
Dr. Nerea Jiménez-Moreno
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Co-Guest Editor
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Interests: wine volatiles; phenolic compounds; plant extracts; analytical chemistry; chromatography; antioxidant activity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The worldwide agriculture and food sectors have important challenges to face in the XXI century. Among these, there is the need to ensure food safety standards and the proper management of food and forest waste. The waste and leftovers from food are occupying an ever-growing amount of space at the dumps and food waste disposal sites. Between 5 per cent and 50 per cent of the raw material that enters the food industry installations ends up as waste in dump sites or is given over for use as animal feed. It is becoming ever-more important to find solutions for this agricultural food sector that would give a value to these byproducts through identifying and extracting biomolecules. In this way, an attempt would be made to reduce, recycle or reuse waste material in order to find new uses for these discarded products and at the same time to reduce the release of greenhouse gases caused by the biowaste which has been deposited at waste disposal sites and garbage dumps.

Waste from fruit and vegetables arising from the agricultural food industry is to be found in very large quantities, and this can cause high environmental contamination, as this kind of waste has a high quantity of humidity as well as a heavy microbial load. Nevertheless, both its structural parts (stalks, leaves, shells, seeds, roots, and pulp) as well as the resulting waste after the extraction of its juices are all rich in different valuable compounds as antioxidants, oils, dietary fibers, fatty acids, isoprenoids, lipids, proteins, saponins, and phytoestrogens. Such bioactive compounds can be used as pharmaceutical excipients, food additives, or be included in pharmaceutical formulae or food elements in order to obtain nutraceutical products and functional foods, respectively. In this way, as well as serving as a response to the growing consumer demand for quality products free from noxious additives, it could also serve to face up to another of the challenges which the agricultural-food industry currently faces , that is to say, through waste management through valuation of byproducts. Moreover, current technology allows this vegetable residue to become raw material for the extraction of biomolecules, which can subsequently be used for different ends.

The aim of this Special Issue on “Biomolecules from Plant Residues” is to publish research work related to the exploitation of vegetable waste for the obtainment of biomoleculars aimed for pharmaceutical use as well as for use in the food industry and in cosmetics.

Dr. Carmen Ancìn-Azpilicueta
Dr. Irene Esparza Catalán
Dr. Nerea Jiménez-Moreno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Biomolecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • biomolecules
  • nutraceuticals
  • vegetable waste
  • valorization
  • food processing
  • forest waste

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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