Permanent Researcher at CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, she is graduated in Food Science and Technology (2004) at the University of Catania and received her PhD in Food Science and Technology (2009) at the University of Catania (Italy). In 2005 she obtained the Scuola Superiore di Catania (one of the Italian Schools of Excellence) degree in Food Science and Technology. Her areas of interest are focused on: i) stabilization of food products through new mild technologies aimed at obtaining high-quality productions; ii) physico-chemical, sensory and biological aspects of fresh and processed Citrus fruits focusing attention on blood oranges and the investigation of main fruit bioactive constituents, in particular anthocyanins, flavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, limonoids, vitamins and other related compounds with biological activity; iii) new isotopic and/or chemical markers for the traceability of organic productions, the combined use of physicochemical, spectral, multielemental and isotopic markers joined with multivariate statistical analysis as a tool to implement traceability system for typical Mediterranean crop productions; iiii) recovery of potentially high value compounds from fruit processing wastes such as peels, pulps and seeds. Total number of publications: 50, (including 3 international book chapters, 2 national book chapters and 27 indexed in Scopus peer-reviewed papers). H-index: 10 (Total citations: 441 by 409 documents).
Food Technology, Fruit Antioxidants, Organic agriculture