Mediterranean Food & Diet

Thematic Line

Food, including food safety, chemistry, and technology, is an emerging research area in MED, in which we are investing. This thematic line aims to contribute to improving sustainability of food systems, through the analysis of food, using cutting-edge omics methodologies, to uncover new food sources and products, to develop ways to process, preserve, package, or store food, according to consumer needs, bearing in mind the principles of the circularity and contributing to the development of the local economy.


In this TL context, the main research problems are:

1) improving quality and added value (wines, table grapes, and spirits), taking advantage of the differentiation provided by Portuguese varieties and new technologies;

2) quality, authenticity and chemical contaminants in olive oils

3) the increasing demand on environmentally sustainable foods, safe, nutritious and sensory appealing

4) the need for more sustainable packaging materials able to increase shelf life and reduce post-harvest disorders.


Research questions deal with:

1) comprehensive approaches based on omics (vol atomic, lipidomic, proteomic, genomic) for the characterization of various food matrices linked with production or technological systems;

2) assessment of food safety in terms of contaminants of chemical and microbiological origin;

3) the oral mechanisms involved in the development of food flavor to promote healthy and sustainable eating, focusing plant-based diets, such as the Mediterranean Diet (MD);

4) how to increase shelf life of products;

5) thinking sustainable packaging;

6) develop and teste eco-friendly technologies to control the main postharvest diseases and reduce the postharvest physiological disorders;

7) develop fermented food processing using raw materials associated with the dietary pattern of the MD to produce "new fermented foods".
 

Expected Results

1) increased knowledge of Mediterranean food products and the impact of new technologies on their quality;

2) identification of factors determining food preferences and choices, to promote MD;

3) healthy and sustainable eating;

4) valorization of agrifood wastes to obtain new food products, new biodegradable materials and functional ingredients to be added either to new food products or to new packaging materials;

5) development of edible coatings based on active compounds and renewable resources.

Maria João Pires de Bastos Cabrita

Coordinator

Maria João Pires de Bastos Cabrita

53

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

8

PhD STUDENTS

15

Collaborators

Mediterranean Food & Diet Thematic Line Members

Adélia Sousa

Integrated

Adélia Sousa

Amélia Maria Sousa Martins Muralha Delgado

Collaborator

Amélia Maria Sousa Martins Muralha Delgado

Ana Cristina Andrade Gonçalves

Integrated

Ana Cristina Andrade Gonçalves

Ana Cristina Pinto Agulheiro Santos

Integrated

Ana Cristina Pinto Agulheiro Santos

Ana Elisa de Mendonça Rato Barroso

Integrated

Ana Elisa de Mendonça Rato Barroso

Ana Isabel Pereira Alexandre

Integrated

Ana Isabel Pereira Alexandre

Anabela Dias Ferreira Belo

Integrated

Anabela Dias Ferreira Belo

António Paulo Pereira Mira

Integrated

António Paulo Pereira Mira

Augusto António Vieira Peixe

Integrated

Augusto António Vieira Peixe

Carla Marisa Reis Varanda

Collaborator

Carla Marisa Reis Varanda

Carla Sofia Borges Pinto Cruz

Integrated

Carla Sofia Borges Pinto Cruz

Carlos Alberto Falcão Marques

Collaborator

Carlos Alberto Falcão Marques

Carlos Gutierrez Gutierrez

Integrated

Carlos Gutierrez Gutierrez

Catarina Isabel Rodrigues Meireles

Integrated

Catarina Isabel Rodrigues Meireles

Celeste Maria Martins Santos e Silva

Integrated

Celeste Maria Martins Santos e Silva

Célia Maria Brito Quintas

Integrated

Célia Maria Brito Quintas

Clarisse Brígido

Integrated

Clarisse Brígido

Elsa Cristina Carona de Sousa Lamy

Integrated

Elsa Cristina Carona de Sousa Lamy

Elsa Rute Guerra Caeiro

Integrated

Elsa Rute Guerra Caeiro

Fátima de Jesus Folgôa Baptista

Integrated

Fátima de Jesus Folgôa Baptista

Fernando Manuel de Campos Trindade Rei

Integrated

Fernando Manuel de Campos Trindade Rei

Hélia Cristina Guerra Cardoso

Integrated

Hélia Cristina Guerra Cardoso

Igor Alexandre da Silva Dias

Collaborator

Igor Alexandre da Silva Dias

Isabel de Jesus Pereira Godinho Velada

Integrated

Isabel de Jesus Pereira Godinho Velada

Isabel Maria Oliveira Brito

Integrated

Isabel Maria Oliveira Brito

João Manuel Pereira Ramalho Serrano

Integrated

João Manuel Pereira Ramalho Serrano

José Alexandre Varanda Andrade

Integrated

José Alexandre Varanda Andrade

José Eduardo dos Santos Félix Castanheiro

Integrated

José Eduardo dos Santos Félix Castanheiro

José Manuel Herrera Vega

Collaborator

José Manuel Herrera Vega

José Manuel Nobre de Oliveira Peça

Collaborator

José Manuel Nobre de Oliveira Peça

José Rafael Marques da Silva

Integrated

José Rafael Marques da Silva

José Rafael Muñoz-Rojas Morenés

Integrated

José Rafael Muñoz-Rojas Morenés

Lénia Isabel Alfaiate Rodrigues

Integrated

Lénia Isabel Alfaiate Rodrigues

Ludovina Rodrigues Galego

Integrated

Ludovina Rodrigues Galego

Luís Alcino Pinto Monteiro da Conceição

Collaborator

Luís Alcino Pinto Monteiro da Conceição

Luís Miguel Mascarenhas Neto

Integrated

Luís Miguel Mascarenhas Neto

Manuel Galvão de Melo e Mota

Collaborator

Manuel Galvão de Melo e Mota

Margarida Maria de Almeida Vaz

Collaborator

Margarida Maria de Almeida Vaz

Maria Catarina Murteira Rico dos Santos Campos

Integrated

Maria Catarina Murteira Rico dos Santos Campos

Maria da Conceição Fernandes

Integrated

Maria da Conceição Fernandes

Maria de Fátima Duarte

Integrated

Maria de Fátima Duarte

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Félix

Integrated

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Félix

Maria Doroteia Murteira Rico da Costa Campos

Integrated

Maria Doroteia Murteira Rico da Costa Campos

Maria Dulce Carlos Antunes

Integrated

Maria Dulce Carlos Antunes

Maria Rivera Mendez

Integrated

Maria Rivera Mendez

Maria Teresa Amado Pinto Correia

Integrated

Maria Teresa Amado Pinto Correia

Nicasio Tomás Jiménez Morillo

Collaborator

Nicasio Tomás Jiménez Morillo

Nuno Miguel Costa Martins

Integrated

Nuno Miguel Costa Martins

Patrick José de Queiroz Materatski

Integrated

Patrick José de Queiroz Materatski

Raquel Marta Neves dos Santos Garcia

Integrated

Raquel Marta Neves dos Santos Garcia

Raquel Rodríguez Solana

Collaborator

Raquel Rodríguez Solana

Rui Manuel de Almeida Machado

Integrated

Rui Manuel de Almeida Machado

Sara Maria de Almeida Lopes Canas

Integrated

Sara Maria de Almeida Lopes Canas

Vasco Manuel Fitas da Cruz

Integrated

Vasco Manuel Fitas da Cruz

Luís Alexandre Piteira Gomes

Integrated

Luís Alexandre Piteira Gomes

Carlos Alberto de Jesus Alexandre

Integrated

Carlos Alberto de Jesus Alexandre

André Filipe Barreto Albuquerque

Integrated

André Filipe Barreto Albuquerque

Gabriela Carneiro Murta

Student

Gabriela Carneiro Murta

Maria Inês Silva Caçador Pereira Rouxinol

Integrated

Maria Inês Silva Caçador Pereira Rouxinol

Rita Nobre Pires

Student

Rita Nobre Pires

Luísa Isabel Guerreiro David Coelho

Integrated

Luísa Isabel Guerreiro David Coelho

Mariana Cardoso Patanita

Student

Mariana Cardoso Patanita

Ivo Lourenço Dias

Collaborator

Ivo Lourenço Dias

João Manuel Figueira Batista Guerreiro

Student

João Manuel Figueira Batista Guerreiro

Sergio Prats Alegre

Integrated

Sergio Prats Alegre

Maria Albertina Amaro Cercas Gonçalves

Collaborator

Maria Albertina Amaro Cercas Gonçalves

Isabel Maria Carneiro Ratão

Collaborator

Isabel Maria Carneiro Ratão

Dominik Noll

Integrated

Dominik Noll

Inês Guise

Student

Inês Guise

Catarina Isabel Grenho Estêvão

Student

Catarina Isabel Grenho Estêvão

Tomás Miguel Pina Monteiro

Collaborator

Tomás Miguel Pina Monteiro

Daniela Pedro Fonseca

Student

Daniela Pedro Fonseca

Anísio Patrício Quintas

Student

Anísio Patrício Quintas

Liliana Gonçalves Fidalgo

Integrated

Liliana Gonçalves Fidalgo

Maria Isabel Fernandes Cardoso Patanita

Integrated

Maria Isabel Fernandes Cardoso Patanita