Special Issue "Food, Environment and Health Challenges"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Security and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mihaela Badea
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Medicine, Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov, Romania
Interests: development and optimization of bioanalytical methods with applications in the life sciences; electrochemical (bio)sensors; studies on the involvement of antioxidant systems in different biochemical mechanisms; correlation of environmental factors with chronic diseases; toxicological studies for detecting contaminants from different media; studies of plant food supplements—composition, safety, beneficial effects, and consumer profile; telemonitoring and telediagnostics for life sciences; biocompatibility studies for new biomaterials
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Prof. Dr. Patrizia Restani
Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: food allergy; celiac disease; food quality control; food safety; food supplements; antioxidants; wine analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The topic of food composition and toxicology is directly connected with environmental conditions and is reflected in human and animal health. Another point of view is related to different environmental conditions that influence food production/food processing/food quality/food safety, and specific detection methods that are required to characterize the food.

Herbal medicine, local/traditional food, functional food, and food supplements are part of healthy and complete food intake, and for the prevention and/or treatment of a disease.

A healthy lifestyle and consumer behavior are important to be understood by people and food manufactures/providers/nutritionists, in order to find the best management ways for the prevention of health problems, maximization of wellbeing, and applying the new concept of personalized nutrition.

This Special Issue invites authors to present their challenging experiences in different areas of food/nutrition issues connected with the environment and health.

We invite the submission of original manuscripts dealing with the proposed topics, while not being limited to those presented in the frame of the International Conference NT-SMT-LS 2020 (http://www.healthfoodenviron.unitbv.ro/2020/), to be held in Bucharest, Romania (a special discount of 10% will be provided to papers presented during the conference if the article is accepted by at least two independent reviewers of the journal).

The submission deadline is 15 March 2021. You may send your manuscript at any point from now until the deadline.

We look forward to your contribution to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Mihaela Badea
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Restani
Guest Editors

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  • food composition and toxicology
  • environmental conditions that influence food
  • production/food processing/food quality/food safety
  • consumers behavior
  • healthy lifestyle
  • antioxidants
  • herbal medicine
  • functional food
  • food supplements
  • personalized nutrition

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In Vitro Comparison of the Bioactivities of Japanese and Bohemian Knotweed Ethanol Extracts
Foods 2020, 9(5), 544; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9050544 - 30 Apr 2020
Knotweed is a flowering plant that is native to temperate and subtropical regions in the northern hemisphere. We evaluated Japanese (Reynoutria japonica Houtt.) and Bohemian (Fallopia x bohemica) knotweed rhizome and flower ethanol extracts and compared them in terms of [...] Read more.
Knotweed is a flowering plant that is native to temperate and subtropical regions in the northern hemisphere. We evaluated Japanese (Reynoutria japonica Houtt.) and Bohemian (Fallopia x bohemica) knotweed rhizome and flower ethanol extracts and compared them in terms of their biological activities. The specific polyphenols were identified and quantified using HPLC/DAD, and the antioxidant activity was determined using 2,2-diphenly-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and cellular antioxidant capacity assays. The anticancer activity was evaluated as the difference between the cytotoxicity to cancer cells compared with control cells. The antimicrobial activity was determined using bacteria and yeast. The antidiabetic activity was tested as the ability of the extracts to inhibit α-amylase. Both rhizome extracts were sources of polyphenols, particularly polydatin and (−)-epicatechin; however, the cellular assay showed the highest antioxidant capacity in the flower extract of F. bohemica. The PaTu cell line was the least sensitive toward all knotweed extracts. The flower extracts of both species were less toxic than the rhizomes. However, the activity of the tested extracts was not specific for cancer cells, indicating a rather toxic mode of action. Furthermore, all used extracts decreased the α-amylase activity, and the rhizome extracts were more effective than the flower extracts. None of the extracts inhibited bacterial growth; however, they inhibited yeast growth. The results confirmed that rhizomes of Reynoutria japonica Houtt. could become a new source of bioactive compounds, which could be used for the co-treatment of diabetes and as antifungal agents. Full article
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