Effect of Fermentation Process on Food Flavor: Microbial Diversity, Flavouring Cultures, Food Quality, and New Product Development

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Fermentation for Food and Beverages".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 206

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mariagiovanna Fragasso
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Guest Editor
DAFNE Department, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
Interests: food microbiology; food biotechnology; food analysis; genetics; food chemistry; food processing; mass spectrometry; high-performance liquid chromatography; chromatography; antioxidant activity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fermentation is a food sector processing strategy of great interest owing to its capacity to improve the quality of fermented products in terms of shelf life, nutritional and functional quality. The transformation occurs with low energy consumption and allows us to reduce the quantity of synthetic chemical compounds added during the production flow. It becomes crucial to optimise fermentation’s contribution to sensorial quality in terms of promoting a sustainable diet for the consumer and the planet. Improving the flavour of fermented products thus becomes fundamental to guaranteeing the acceptability and reception of products.

Fermenting foods can include hundreds of different species belonging to different genera of bacteria, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. The metabolic/enzymatic activity of all microorganisms helps to modulate the production of molecules and volatile organic compounds capable of influencing the flavour of the finished products.

There are numerous variables/conditions that must be explored in terms of optimising the flavour of a fermented product, e.g., choice of raw material, evaluation of microbial consortia associated with spontaneous fermentations, selection of microbial resources, study of the biosynthetic pathways of interest in model microorganisms, evaluation of the impact of technologies, study of the influence of stressful conditions for microorganisms, combination of different microorganisms, and valorisation of microbiomes.

Furthermore, there are various innovative themes, from the selection of flavouring cultures to the reduction of off-flavours in plant-based productions or those containing alternative protein sources, including the development of new products and the improvement of the sensorial quality of specific matrices to support personalised nutrition.

This Special Issue aims to characterise the effect of the fermentation process on food flavour by publishing comprehensive reviews, original studies, and novel perspectives.

Dr. Mariagiovanna Fragasso
Dr. Vittorio Capozzi
Guest Editors

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  • fermentation
  • food flavor
  • aroma compounds
  • microorganisms
  • bacteria
  • yeasts
  • filamentous fungi
  • volatile organic compounds

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