Smartphone-based colorimetric study of adulterated tuna samples
In this investigation, we carried out a smartphone images-based analysis in order to assess the effect of different adulterants in tuna flesh.
Exploring heat seal performance in flexible materials for optimal food safety and quality
Dr. Bram Bamps is a researcher specializing in the intricacies of heat seal performance in flexible packaging materials. His work, conducted at Materials, Packaging, Research & Services, a research center affiliated with UHasselt, delves into the relation of material composition, seal parameters and seal performance. This review aims to optimize material selection, offering insights for stakeholders in the food industry, to contribute to the ongoing evolution of packaging solutions for a safer and higher-quality food supply.
Michał Folwarczny, PhD
Naturally green, irrationally lean: How background scenery affects calorie judgments
Does the presence of scenery, be it natural or lacking natural elements, influence our caloric judgment during the food selection process, especially with complex dishes? The present study affirms this hypothesis, albeit solely for foods that are perceived as relatively unhealthy. Specifically, individuals are prone to underestimating the calorie content of relatively unhealthy foods when they are displayed against a natural backdrop rather than an urban one.
Alicia Bautista Lozada
Wild and cultivated tomatoes differ in their inter-individual variation in volatile organic compound emissions after the attack by Bactericera cockerelli, a phloem-feeding insect
Herbivores induce changes in plant odor, which is a mixture of secondary metabolites known as volatile organic compounds. This herbivore-induced volatile emission attracks natural enemies of insects that will decrease plant damage. Wild and cultivated tomato plants, Solanum lycopersicum, differ in their odor after the attack of the phloem-feeding insect Bactericera cockerelli. This paper shows that this insect induces high levels of odor variation that may compromise the attraction of Tamarixia triozae, a specialist predator of Bactericera nymphs.