Biotechnology and Postharvest Quality
(POSTBIOTEC)

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Integral analysis of the beneficial effects of gaseous technologies to preserve the quality and safety of fruit during postharvest and identification of genes and biomarkers to develop new genomic and technological strategies.

Objectives

  • Understanding of the molecular bases of the beneficial effect of high CO2 concentration to identify the biomarkers associated with quality traits.
  • Mechanisms behind the technologies that induce the accumulation of metabolites with beneficial properties for health.
  • Characterization of genes and transcription factors associated with the improvement of quality in red fruit.
  • Functionality of defence proteins and potential industrial application.
  • Development of non-contaminant technologies for agri-food industries.
  • Omics in postharvest research.
  • Characterization in vivo of the function of genes involved in cell wall structure and synthesis of anthocyanins.

Research Lines

  • Basic mechanisms of postharvest technologies to maintain fruit quality and improve the storage period.

Patents

  • Cryoprotective protein with 1-3 B-glucanase activity at low temperatures, procedure for obtention and aplications.
  • Author(s): María Isabel Escribano Garaizábal, Carmen Merodio Moreno, Oscar Goñi Ramos.
  • Date: 07/02/2011
  • Number: ES2334743
  • Cryoprotective protein with chitinase at low temperatures, procedure for obtention and aplications.
  • Author(s): María Isabel Escribano Garaizábal, Carmen Merodio Moreno, Oscar Goñi Ramos.
  • Date: 07/02/2011
  • Number: ES2334741
  • Endochitinase active at low temperatures, procedure and uses.
  • Author(s): María Isabel Escribano Garaizábal, Carmen Merodio Moreno, Oscar Goñi Ramos.
  • Date: 16/01/2012
  • Number: ES2352924

Publications

  • Romero, I., Escribano, M.I., Merodio, C., Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T. Postharvest high CO2 treatments in the quality of soft fruit berries: an integrated transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic approach. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 70 (28): 8593-8597 (2022).
  • https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.2c01305
  • Del Olmo, I., Romero, I., Alvarez, M.D., Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T., Escribano, M.I., Merodio, C. Transcriptomic analysis of CO2-treated strawberries (Fragaria vesca) with enhanced resistance to softening and oxidative stress at consumption”. Frontiers in Plant Science 13:983976 (2022). ).
  • https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2022.983976
  • Romero, I., Rosales, R., Escribano, M.I., Merodio, C., Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T. Short-term gaseous treatments improve rachis browning in red and white table grapes stored at low temperature: molecular mechanisms underlying its beneficial effect. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 23, 13304(2022).
  • https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms232113304
  • Vazquez-Hernandez, M., Romero, I., Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T., Merodio, C., Escribano, M.I. Tissue-specific modulation of functional stress responsive proteins and organic osmolytes by a single or dual short-term high CO2 treatment during long-term cold storage Autumn Royal table grapes. Postharvest Biology and Technology 205, 112501 (2023).
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2023.112501
  • Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T., Marti-Anders, C., Álvarez, M.D., Escribano, M.I., Merodio, C., Romero, I. Are the blueberries we buy good quality? Comparative study of berries purchased from different outlets.  Foods 12, 2621(2023).
  • https://doi.org/10.3390/foods12132621
  • Domínguez, I., Romero, I., Sanchez-Ballesta, M.T., Escribano, M.I., Merodio, C., Doménech-Carbó, A. Electrochemistry of lyophilized blueberry and raspberry samples: ROS activation of the antioxidant ability of anthocyanins. Food Chemistry 435, 137649 (2024).
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2023.137649

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