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Grape Winery Waste: Sustainability and Circular Economy

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020) | Viewed by 1292

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CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Rome, Italy
Interests: natural compounds; nutraceuticals; natural products; food science and nutrition; food composition databases; bioaccesibility; dietary intake
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CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Rome, Italy
Interests: bioactive compounds; natural products; nutraceuticals; antioxidants; dietary supplements; food quality; nutrition; food composition databases; bioavailability, metabolic pathway; nanoformulations
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Department of Statistics, Computing, Applications “Giuseppe Parenti” (DiSIA), PHYTOLAB (Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Food Supplement, Technology and Analysis), University of Florence (Italy)
Interests: polyphenols characterization and analysis, natural antioxidants, food quality and food supplement, green technologies in food productions, oxidative stress and diet, natural active compounds, in vitro and in vivo antioxidants, antimicrobial and free-scavenger activity

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PHYTOLAB, Università di Firenze, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy
Interests: polyphenols; natural compounds; antioxidants; bioactive compounds: HPLC–DAD–MS analysis; sustainable processe; circular economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food and agricultural waste represents a growing problem with negative effects on the economy, environment, and human health. Wine production is a fundamental agricultural activity around the world. This production generates a great amount of wastes, such as grape stalks (stem), grape marc, exhausted yeast, wine lee, and high-loaded wastewater. Winemaking produces byproducts with high added value, which can be used for new productions, opening various possibilities in several application fields. Particular attention should be addressed towards biorefinery and circular economy concepts: wine grape wastes contain bio-based compounds that could have potential benefits. The focus of the proposed Special Issue is the exploitaion of the potential role of grape winery waste.

The main topics are (not limited to) the following:

-Managing viticulture byproducts; grape waste management and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); their social and economic impact.

-Valorization of winery waste in circular economy.

-Chemical composition of grape winery wastes: identification, isolation, and quantification of bioactive components; elucidation of the main components and assessment of their interactions.

-Study and analysis of factors, i.e., grape cultivar, soil, weather, topography of the areas in which the grape is grown, winemaking techniques, that influence the composition of grape winery wastes.

-Delineation of extraction procedures; conventional and non conventional procedures; implemention and optimization of technological parameters; selecting optimal recovery; innovative technologies; green technologies and alternative analytical techniques; identification and validation of new process markers.

-Emerging analytical techniques, i.e., infrared spectroscopy, multi-elemental analysis, isotopic ratio mass spectrometry, and nanotechnologies, coupled with chemometrics.

-Functional properties of grape winery wastes and dealineation of the mechanisms of action; in vitro and in vivo studies.

-Grape winery wastes for added-value compounds; from grape waste to natural active compounds or ingredients: formulation of nutraceuticals, botanical and dietary supplements, functional foods. Applications in food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

-Applications for energy uses of grape winery waste. New products and chemical building blocks of high value. Applications in the sectors of biopolymeric materials and of energy for the production of biohydrogen and biomethane.

-Pilot-scale models and industry experiences.


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Dr. Massimo Lucarini
Dr. Alessandra Durazzo
Prof. Annalisa Romani
Dr. Margherita Campo
Guest Editors

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  • Grape winery waste
  • circular economy
  • biorefinery
  • innovative technologies process
  • green methodologies
  • process markers
  • bio-based compounds
  • nutraceuticals
  • in vitro studies
  • in vivo studies
  • energy uses
  • chemical building blocks
  • applications
  • pilot-scale models

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