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Special Issue "Dietary Fibre and Novel Carbohydrates: Extraction, Characterization, Bioactivities and Applications for Nutraceuticals Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. John O’Doherty

School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Lyons Research Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Interests: dietary fibre; animal nutrition; animal production; animal feed supplement; antimicrobial properties
Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Garcia-Vaquero

School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Interests: natural product chemistry; innovative technology; green technology; functional food; antioxidant properties
Guest Editor
Dr. Gaurav Rajauria

School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Lyons Research Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Interests: natural product chemistry; purification and characterization; functional food; biological properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dietary fibre is a heterogeneous group that encompasses carbohydrates of diverse chemical (e.g., lignin, inulin, chitosan, β-glucan, etc.) and structural characteristics (from small carbohydrates of 3–9 monomers to large polysaccharides). These carbohydrates have attracted the attention of the scientific community due to their multiple health benefits that could potentially be used to develop healthy functional foods and nutraceuticals. The food industry is aiming to develop novel products “rich in fibre”, as the new definition of dietary fibre includes the demonstration of the health benefits of carbohydrates in order to be considered fibre. Novel carbohydrates can be extracted from vegetal biomass (i.e., terrestrial and aquatic plants), animal sources (e.g., crustaceans) and other under-exploited (for example, algae and fungi) and waste streams from multiple food industries. This proposed Special Issue of Molecules will aim to target recent research papers, reviews, short communications, as well as perspectives in the field of the novel and biologically active carbohydrates. This Special Issue will include research on the use of innovative and emerging technologies, particularly focused on the optimization and implementation of green extraction procedures from multiple natural resources, industrial effluents and waste streams. Among others, manuscripts dealing with purification, characterisation and biological activities “in-vitro” and “ex-vivo” of these carbohydrates, along with their recent applications in emerging fields such as functional foods, animal feed, food supplements, and nutraceuticals based on structural and chemical characteristics, will also be welcomed.

Prof. John O’Doherty
Dr. Marco Garcia-Vaquero
Dr. Gaurav Rajauria
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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1800 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.


  • dietary fibre
  • carbohydrate
  • polysaccharide
  • lignin
  • chitosan
  • extraction
  • green extraction
  • innovative technology
  • emerging technology
  • purification
  • chemical characterization
  • food
  • feed
  • functional food
  • nutraceutical
  • health benefit
  • biological activity
  • natural product

Published Papers

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