Areas of research: The main research area deals with food processing and quality. In particular, evaluation and optimization of the nutritional and technological quality of wheat and other cereals and influence of processing; identification of chemical markers to be evaluated in the food end-product for the hygienic quality evaluation of the raw material; evaluation and identification of heat damage indices; chemical and physical characteristics of shell eggs and egg products.
Research activities relevant to EUROCAROTEN.
Past: Study of the influence of food processing, storage, genotype and/or cropping environment, flour granulometry as well as seed distribution on carotenoid composition of several cereal species and products. The enzymatic activity involved in the carotenoid stability was also investigated.
Current: Study of the bioavailability of carotenoids from cereal products through in vitro techniques. Development of cereal-based functional foods enriched with encapsulated bioactive compounds. Screening of carotenoids profile in different Andean functional products. Carotenoid stability during processing of tomato products.
Several HPLC units (fluorimetric, photodiode array, evaporative light scattering detectors) and spectrophotometric instrumentations. Equipments for image analysis and for colour evaluation. Pilot plant for pasta and baking products manufacturing.
University of Milan
Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS).