News and Announcements
Online seminar Smart Thursday
Piia Pääso took part in the Smart Thursday seminar session dedicated to the topic of valorization and more effective usage of different industrial by-products and residues. Piia gave a talk titled “From waste to resource – science based approach" (Jäägist saak – teaduspõhine lähenemine), where she introduced different research approaches and science cooperation opportunities provided in EMU, Polli Horticultural Research Centre and at Valortech chair.
A podcast introducing our curricula was recorded
In cooperation with the Rohegeenius portal, a podcast introducing the teaching activities at our chair was recorded. Ivi Jõudu talked about the curricula and the future prospects in the field of food technology.
You can listen to the podcast here.
A new paper was published by Minaxi Sharma and Rajeev Bhat in the 2021 4th edition of "Foods". The article is titled "Extraction of Carotenoids from Pumpkin Peel and Pulp: Comparison between Innovative Green Extraction Technologies (Ultrasonic and Microwave-Assisted Extractions Using Corn Oil)", and can be accessed here
The First meeting of the VALORTECH Advisory Board
On 26th of February, Valortech convened the first meeting of the Advisory Board. The meeting was held in an online format with all of the 5 members of the advisory board as well as the members of the Valortech council present. The ERA Chair provided members with an overview of the project objectives and research activities. A discussion about the role and expectations of the board ensued, marked by insightful exchanges between the council and the Board members.
A new paper was published in "Critical Reviews in Biotechnology" by Minaxi Sharma et.al.
You can access the publication here
A paper titled "Optimization of Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction of Phloretin and Other Phenolic Compounds from Apple Tree Leaves (Malus domestica Borkh.) and Comparison of Different Cultivars from Estonia" was published by Sana Ben Othman et.al.
You can access the publication here
VALORTECH organised a free online
VALORTECH ERA Chair held a free webinar to introduce the methods for minimization and valorization of food waste/by-products through obtaining value-added bioactive ingredients for potential food applications. The webinar covered different agri-food wastes/by-products for the exploitation of their bio-potential in the form of valuable bioactive ingredients.
The event attracted over 20 participants from various countries, including France, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.
VALORTECH PhD students Katrin Jõgi's paper titled "Valorization of food processing wastes and by-products for bioplastic production" was published in Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy.
You can access the publication here.
VALORTECH workshop /
webinar in Polli
October 8-9 VALORTECH had a hybrid format workshop/webinar on Principles and Techniques for the Extraction of Bioactive Compounds at Polli Horticultural Research Centre. The two-day workshop introduced different techniques and instruments for the extraction and characterization of bioactive compounds. Basics and principles were presented as well as the applications of different methods (supercritical CO2 extraction, ultrasound and microwave assisted extractions).
VALORTECH team training in Polli
Valortech staff had a team training in Polli Horticultural Research Centre. The aim of the training was to facilitate better cooperation between group members and coordinate the fulfilment of the Valortech project objectives. During group work sessions the team members gave their input developing a plan regarding organizing events, dissemination and collaboration activities.