The PhD Programme in Agri-Food Science and Technology prepares doctor to carry out their R&D&i activity in the various links of the food chain, from the raw materials primary production to the latest advances in food processing or biotechnology, including food quality and safety, guaranteeing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary training that qualifies them to develop and implement new technologies in the agri-food sector, as well as the new products generation products and/or the valuation of those that currently exist in the market, providing them with and excellent scientific preparation and professional maturity to lead and collaborate in R&D&i activities of the scientific-professional food sector.

 


  1. Food
  2. Environment
  3. Water management
  4. Smart Technologies

 

Topics on the Specialisation Lines

Food

– Food production, elaboration and conservation research, development and innovation
– Food quality and safety
– Food production industry competitiveness
– Food industry environmental sustainability

Research Lines

  • Food sensory quality (aromatic composition) and functional (polyphenolic profile) characterization and improvement
  • Nutraceutical foods
  • Natural antioxidants production and evaluation
  • New functional ingredients collecting and evaluation
  • Food microbial enzymes production, purification, characterisation and application and environmental interest
  • Probiotic lactic acid bacteria and bacteriosins production and application
  • Agricultural and environmental organic chemical pollutants in the food production chain distribution
  • Food safety
  • Agri-food waste revaluation
  • Food industry residual materials and by-products use and recovery through fermentation processes

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    Water Management

    – Water resources management
    – Water and thermal water research and applications
    – Thermalism

    Research Lines

    • Thermalism and geothermal energy
    • Water quality study and modelling of hydrological processes in forest basins

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      Environment

      – Water and Soil. Water resources protection
      – Water quality and its ecosystems
      – Water georesources for territorial sustainability and rural development
      – Climate change and water resources
      – Agrarian ecosystems and interdependence with the water cycle
      – Sustainable primary production
      – Agro-industrial by-products valuation
      – Protected spaces conservation
      – Sustainability and evaluation of agricultural systems

      Research Lines

      • Agrochemicals transportation and trace elements in the plant-water-soil system
      • Heavy metals and pesticides presence, distribution and mobility in soils research
      • Crops phytosanitary status determination and phytosanitary treatments application predictive models
      • Climate change influence on native crops and species
      • New materials development from plant biomass

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        Smart Technologies

        Research Lines

        • Agroinformatics and viticulture

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          Academic, scientific and professional interest

          – Unique PhD Programme in the Galician University System
          – Quality Mention for Excellence. Ministry of Education. Academic Year 2011/2012 and following. The number of research staff is currently 41 (year 2018/2019) with a total of 110 six-year periods. The teams participate/collaborate with different national and international institutions in the field of research and teaching, which is reflected in an important international impact.

           

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