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Fruits and vegetables provide not only essential nutrients needed for life but also other bioactive compounds contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. The possibility that fruit and vegetable consumption may protect human health is an intriguing prospect and has been studied around the world. There is a growing body of basic research suggesting that fruit and vegetable intake may reduce oxidation, inflammation, cell proliferation, and other important disease-related processes. The Symposium will encompass breeding and biofortification of new FAV, isolation, characterization bioavailability and bioaccessability of bioactive compounds, health benefits of FAV and pre-harvest and post-harvest factors affecting phytonutrient content of FAV.
The Symposium will provide an opportunity for the beneficiaries including scientists, academics, researchers, nutritionist, consultants, technologists, marketers, consumers, growers, industry leaders and policy makers from around the world to discuss and share information on scientific, cultivation, quality control, cultural and socially appropriate strategies to ensure the target beneficiaries in FAVs. Several innovative ideas and research outcomes to solve problems through discussion and application of appropriate technologies will contribute to effective and sustainable production management to strengthen global food security and environmental protection. Attendees of the FAV meetings have come to expect high quality science with opportunities for one-to-one connections and great social opportunities. The FAV meeting invites scientific expertise from around the world and is an opportunity to meet and share scientific knowledge with international contemporaries in a relaxed intimate location.
The Symposium will help to increase scientific and public awareness to consume more FAV for better health and to motivate consumers to live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle with FAV rich diet. This symposium addresses recent research on FAV and nuts that aims to identify and improve fruit quality in terms of internal and external phytochemical properties, enhance the composition as it relates to nutritional value and human health, and develop insights into consumer preferences and behavior to guide product specifications and production systems.
- Biofortification of FAV and nuts for better health
- Breeding for bioactive rich FAV
- Bioavailability and bioaccessability of bioactive compounds
- Isolation and characterization of bioactive compounds in FAV
- Pre-harvest and post-harvest factors affecting phytonutrient content
- FAV and cancer prevention
- FAV and sports performance
- FAV and brain function and eye health
- FAV and cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes
- Antioxidants, inflammation, and 'super-fruits'
- Giulia Corona (Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Health Department of Life Sciences University of Roehampton, London)
- Kieran Tuohy (Department of Food Quality and Nutrition Fondazione Edmund Mach, Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, FEM-IASMA, Italy)
- Ditte Hobbs (University of Reading )
- Crystal Haskell-Ramsay (Associate Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre Northumbria University)
- Jeremy Spencer (University of Reading )
- David Kennedy (Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and Professor of Biological Psychology Northumbria University)
- Andrew Jones (University of Exeter, UK)
- Glyn Howatson (Northumbria University)