Special Issue "Metabolomics in Food Authentication: Strategies and Applications"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: food authenticity; high-resolution mass spectrometry; non-target screening; suspect screening; liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry; food contaminants; environmental analytical chemistry; emerging pollutants; transformation products; aquatic environment; wastewater treatment; biomonitoring
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Interests: food analysis; food quality control; food authenticity; high resolution mass spectrometry; analytical method development
Food authentication is of interest for a large number of individuals and organizations, including the scientific community, law enforcement, food producers, importers and exporters, and consumers. This field is in a phase of exponential growth and is attracting a high level of attention from authorities and media around the world. Fraudulent acts, such as adulteration with cheaper ingredients and false claims of origin (geographical or varietal), reduce the quality of the products, mislead the consumer, and may even imply a health risk. Thus, food authenticity is a major concern for all involved in the food trade: consumers, consumer protection authorities, and also producers and dealers.
In the last few years, a universal analytical approach called “metabolomics” has experienced a significant increase in interest in food fingerprinting studies. Metabolomics focuses on the study of low molecular weight molecules (<1000 Da) and is used to explore and characterize food constituents, generating a detailed and comprehensive metabolic chemical profile of food. Metabolomic studies mainly involve the detection of metabolites (biomarkers) that can discriminate between sample populations (discriminative metabolomics) and/or the generation of statistical models that are able to classify samples and predict class memberships (predictive metabolomics). Metabolomics approaches can be also classified as non-targeted or targeted analysis; non-targeted approaches look for maximum coverage of metabolites that can be simultaneously identified in a particular food, while targeted approaches are based on the determination and identification of a certain type of metabolites that could belong to the either one or more chemical classes. In every case, as the complexity of the set of metabolites to be analyzed is quite high in both approaches, suitable analytical techniques and sample treatment methodologies are required.
In light of the numerous advances made in recent years on the above points, this Special Issue will extensively cover the topics of novel analytical techniques and metabolomics approaches for the assessment of food authenticity and quality. Scientists are warmly invited to submit their original contributions (reviews, original research papers, short communication) to this Special Issue, which will be of interest to a wide range of readers. In the cases of review articles, an additional brief (1–2 pages) description of the topic, including a draft index, is required. This preliminary step is essential to avoid overlapping of topics.
Prof. Dr. Nikolaos S. Thomaidis
Dr. Marilena Dasenaki
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- Food authenticity
- Food adulteration
- Food quality
- Analytical methods
- Hyphenated techniques
- High resolution mass spectrometry
- Spectroscopic techniques
- Isotope and elemental techniques
- Chemical characterization of foods and beverages
- Metabolic profiling
- Metabolic fingerprinting
- Advanced chemometric techniques