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Special Issue "Chemicals from Food Supply Chain By-Products and Waste Streams"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Afroditi Chatzifragkou

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences – The University of Reading – PO Box 226, Whiteknights – Reading, RG6 6AP, UK
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Interests: biotechnology; food waste; microbial conversions; food ingredients; biorefineries
Guest Editor
Dr. Marta Coma

Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) – University of Bath – Claverton Down – Bath BA2 7AY, UK
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Interests: anaerobic processes; bioproduction; mixed microbial communities; feedstock characterization; environmental biotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The food industry represents a vibrant and constantly-evolving sector, and is driven by consumer demands, public health, safety regulations, sustainability, and environmental impact. A key-challenge for the food industry is waste management across the complex set of processes that the food supply chain entails. To this end, research and technology approaches for the exploitation of food supply chain by-products and waste streams shape the future of a sustainable society. Advancement in such processes is ceaselessly ongoing and, as such, mapping their progress and technological readiness is imperative.

This Special Issue aims at covering the field of the valorization of food supply chain by-products and waste streams, focusing on the production/recovery of fine or bulk chemicals, nutraceuticals, bioenergy, and food ingredients. The generation of such molecules and products might be tackled from a scientific–technological approach or a revision of life cycle analysis, or from legislative or economical aspects. Researchers in these fields are, therefore, warmly invited to propose original research articles, as well as relevant state-of-the-art reviews or perspectives, to be published in this Special Issue of Molecules.

Dr. Afroditi Chatzifragkou
Dr. Marta Coma
Guest Editors

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  • biochemical
  • nutraceuticals
  • bioconversion
  • biofuels
  • energy
  • extraction
  • food waste
  • high-value chemicals
  • LCA
  • recovery
  • techno-economical analysis

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Open AccessArticle Comparative Phytonutrient Analysis of Broccoli By-Products: The Potentials for Broccoli By-Product Utilization
Molecules 2018, 23(4), 900; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23040900
Received: 11 March 2018 / Revised: 3 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 13 April 2018
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The phytonutrient concentrations of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) florets, stems, and leaves were compared to evaluate the value of stem and leaf by-products as a source of valuable nutrients. Primary metabolites, including amino acids, organic acids, and sugars, as well as
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The phytonutrient concentrations of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) florets, stems, and leaves were compared to evaluate the value of stem and leaf by-products as a source of valuable nutrients. Primary metabolites, including amino acids, organic acids, and sugars, as well as glucosinolates, carotenoids, chlorophylls, vitamins E and K, essential mineral elements, total phenolic content, antioxidant activity, and expression of glucosinolate biosynthesis and hydrolysis genes were quantified from the different broccoli tissues. Broccoli florets had higher concentrations of amino acids, glucoraphanin, and neoglucobrassicin compared to other tissues, whereas leaves were higher in carotenoids, chlorophylls, vitamins E and K, total phenolic content, and antioxidant activity. Leaves were also good sources of calcium and manganese compared to other tissues. Stems had the lowest nitrile formation from glucosinolate. Each tissue exhibited specific core gene expression profiles supporting glucosinolate metabolism, with different gene homologs expressed in florets, stems, and leaves, which suggests that tissue-specific pathways function to support primary and secondary metabolic pathways in broccoli. This comprehensive nutrient and bioactive compound profile represents a useful resource for the evaluation of broccoli by-product utilization in the human diet, and as feedstocks for bioactive compounds for industry. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chemicals from Food Supply Chain By-Products and Waste Streams)

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