LAQV, FCT NOVA
Algae the Food of the Future? Challenges for Conservation and Introduction in the Portuguese Diet
Chair: Paulina Mata
In a world where food is becoming scarce due demand and population, and in which there is a growing concern about sustainable food production, and health, nutrition and innovation are increasingly valued, algae can be a viable solution to overcome some of the challenges. The introduction of algae in food is seen as being of major importance in economic, nutritional, health and environmental terms.
Project ALGA4FOOD aims to increase the diversity and quality of the algae from the Portuguese coast available for human consumption. This involves the development of new conservation techniques allowing to maximize the organoleptic and nutritional characteristics of the finished product, as well as allowing for more convenient forms of use by final consumers. In addition, it is intended to develop new strategies and products which can contribute to change Portuguese dietary habits.
The evaluation of the suitability of the new conservation techniques and the products obtained will be made through the quantitative determination of parameters such as color, texture, umami content and volatile release, these will be further correlated with sensory analysis data.
Alga4Food can constitute a significant contribution to effectively promote the introduction of algae in the Portuguese diet.
Graduated in Pharmacy from the «University of Porto» (UPorto). Since 1990, he is a lecturer at the «Faculty of Sciences and Technology» (FCT), «NOVA University of Lisbon» (UNL).
From the PhD in Organic Chemistry by FCT/UNL in 2001 until now he is Assistant Professor at FCT/UNL. Is a REQUIMTE-LAQV researcher. He developed his career, focused in the area of Analytical and Organic Chemistry, with participation in 14 scientific research projects. Supervised or oversees a total of 6 doctoral students, 2 postdoctoral students, 11 undergraduates and 15 undergraduate students. He leads a team consisting of 2 senior researchers and 2 PhD students. It has about 80 publications in indexed international journals.