Agricultural by-products for Shelf Life Extension

13:45 - 14:20

  • Sustainability and food security are global priorities and innovations in packaging technology can make a significant contribution the achievement of these goals
  • Processing of agricultural by-products can provide new materials which may have applications in areas as food ingredients or in packaging
  • Initial work has demonstrated that a range of novel materials including nanofibers can be produced from agricultural by-products
  • The properties of these new materials such as anti-microbial activity and anti-oxidant capacity will be evaluated and their potential application for shelf life extension
  • Comparisons with other natural nanomaterials derived from agricultural waste will be made
  • Future research strategies and applications to the packaging of food or other materials will be discussed

Graham Bonwick, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University