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Special Issue "Characterization of Olive Products from Greece"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos S. Thomaidis
Guest Editor
Department: Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
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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Dr. Fragiskos Gaitis
Guest Editor
Food Analytical and Research Laboratories of Athens, Directorate of Laboratories, Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) 143 42, 31 Anagenniseos str, Nea Philadelfeia, Athens, Greece
Interests: food safety; food quality; food authenticity; food microbiology; biotransformation of agroindustrial byproducts
Prof. Dr. Athanassios Molassiotis
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Pomology, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,570 01, Thessaloniki-Thermi, Greece
Interests: fruit ripening biology; fruit tree physiology; metabolomics; olive cultivation; proteomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many projects are currently in progress for the molecular characterization of olive products in Greece (including olive oil, table olives, olive drupes and leaves, and olive mill waste) using a diverse mixture of techniques (MS, NGS, and various applied spectroscopic methods). This is an overall enormous effort of different research groups to reveal the quality, uniqueness, and authenticity of olive products from Greek varieties.

The aims of all these efforts are the following:

  1. To substantiate the authenticity and quality of Greek-originated olive products;
  2. To reveal the bioactive substances in these products;
  3. To explore possibilities for new products with high added value.

Although highly regulated, it is acknowledged that there are still problems in the olive oil sector because fats and oils, including olive oils, are ranked third, after meat and meat products and fish and fish products, in the 2016 EU Food Fraud report on non-compliances per product category. For this reason, EU legislation continuously chases after emerging frauds, with the process of proposing new methods with more efficient analytical solutions to reduce time and/or solvent consumption being constantly in progress.

Furthermore, developments and innovations for the determination and preservation of bioactive compounds in olive oil and edible olives are of utmost importance for proposing health and nutritional claims, other than those already regulated, while olive variety, maturity, processing, and storage, as well as debittering techniques and microbiome, play an essential role.

In light of the numerous advances made in recent years on the above points, this Special Issue will extensively cover the combination of existing and novel analytical techniques and metabolomics approaches for the characterization of Greek olive oil and edible oil authenticity and quality. Scientists are warmly invited to submit their original contributions (reviews, original research papers, and 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. Fragiskos Gaitis
Prof. Dr. Athanassios Molassiotis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2000 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.


  • olive oil
  • table olives
  • olive drupes
  • olive leaves
  • metabolomics
  • omics approaches
  • authenticity
  • quality
  • origin
  • bioactive substances

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