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Special Issue "Natural Additives in Food II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Lillian Barros

Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
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Interests: identification, separation and recovery of functional molecules from different natural products, as well as their implementation as ingredients and bioactive compounds in food, with an ultimate goal to extract high added-value molecules and re-use them in the food chain (from agriculture to the consumer)
Guest Editor
Dr. Isabel Ferreira

Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
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Interests: food chemistry; natural products; functional foods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural additives have great potential for the food industry, due to the interest of consumers in alternatives to artificial counterparts. After a first Special Issue published in 2019 (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/molecules/special_issues/natural_additives?view=compact&listby=type), we have the pleasure to announce a second edition of the Special Issue in Molecules called “Natural Additives in Food II” in order to highlight the significant progress in this area.

The plant and fungi kingdom are great sources of bioactive compounds, that can be used to develop natural food ingredients. These natural ingredients can be added as extracts, taking advantage of the synergistic effects between compounds, or as individual molecules, after purification, thus, adding the most bioactive ones to the foodstuff. Although quite promising, natural additives still face some drawbacks and limitations. Therefore, an important research topic is the discovery of new alternative sources of natural additives fulfilling the different classes: preservatives (antimicrobials, antioxidants, and antibrowning), nutritional additives, coloring agents, flavoring agents, texturizing agents, and miscellaneous agents.

This Special Issue “Natural additives in Food II” invites researchers to contribute with original research or review articles related to natural ingredients for food applications, including natural compounds obtained from plants, mushrooms, marine, and bee products, extraction procedures, chemical identification, stabilization techniques, and food incorporation.

Dr. Lillian Barros
Prof. Dr. Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira
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 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.


  • Bio-based compounds
  • Extraction procedures
  • Chemical characterization
  • Food incorporation
  • Stabilization techniques
  • Functional foods

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