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Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC)

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Avd. Agustín Escardino, 7
46980 Paterna (Valencia)
Spain

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Brief presentation of the institution

The Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA) belongs to Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the main public research institution in Spain. Founded in 1966, it is located in Paterna, at 7 km from Valencia city center in the University of Valencia Science Park. The IATA has its own facilities with a total surface area of 22000 m2 with 220 people directly working. As a result of the important and dynamic research activity developed over a number of decades, the IATA has become a pioneering centre, point of national and international reference for Food Science and Technology. The research is divided into 3 departments: Biotechnology, Food Science and Food Quality and Preservation.

The Food Preservation and Risk Assessment research group (RiskµProcess) belongs to the Food Quality and Preservation department. The group has a wide experience in in the development of food preservation processes by thermal and non-thermal technologies and in microbial risk assessment and its implication in food safety.

Main Electroporation related topics

Our main interests on electroporation (pulsed electric fields, PEF) are in the food preservation applications as nonthermal technology, specifically on its implication in food safety. Topics such as PEF effect on spoilage and pathogen microorganisms, sublethal damage and its implication in microorganism changes in resistance or virulence, probabilistic microbial inactivation modeling as a previous step to perform a microbial risk assessment to evaluate food safety are our main research interests.

Main Electroporation related research techniques and equipment

 -Laboratory scale PEF equipment (OSU-4D):

  • 1-8 continuous co-field treatment chambers 0.230 cm x 0.292 cm gap.
  • Square mono/bipolar pulses, 0.5-20 µs width.
  • Maximum output voltage 12000 V.
  • Maximum output current 85 A.
  • High voltage and high current probes.

-Oscilloscope Tektronix TDS 210.

-Gear pump with micropump head.

-Peristaltic pump.

-Electrical conductivity meter.

-Techniques to identify sublethal damage. 

Research topics, techniques and equipment not related to Electroporation

  -Food preservation by thermal and nonthermal technologies:  

  • High hydrostatic pressure processing. 
  • Food preservation by natural ingredients with antimicrobial activity.
  • Hurdle inactivation technologies.

-Microbial risk assessment.

Brief information on available facilites

 -HTST/UHT processing system for R&D purposes (Armfield).

 -Continuous heat exchanger (at semi-industrial level).

-High hydrostatic pressure pilot scale equipment (EPSI, Belgium): 2.3 L vessel, maximum pressure 600 MPa, temperature range -20ºC to 50 ºC. Datalogging equipment to register temperature and pressure.

-Laboratory for microbial analysis. 

-Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis).

-Automatic titrator (pH stat Titrino).

Willingness to accept/host visiting researchers

Members:

  • Clara Belda
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    Position: PhD student
  • Antonio Martínez
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    Position: Researcher
  • Consuelo Pina
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    Position: Researcher
  • Dolores Rodrigo
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    Position: Researcher
  • Maria Sanz
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    Position: PhD student

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