Escola Superior de Biotecnologia

The scientific interest in Salicornia rises again

Wednesday, May 21, 2018 - 15:30

In the International Social Network for Scientists ResearchGate (RG), a manuscript, authored by researchers from the Center for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF), on the Salicornia plant was the subject of 1258 readings during the second week of May, 2018, becoming the work of all the CBQF and all the Portuguese Catholic University most read in that period by the RG members.

The scientific paper in question, Raposo, M.F.J., Morais, R.M.S.C., Morais, A.M.M.B. (2009) Controlled atmosphere storage for preservation of Salicornia ramosissima. International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation. 1 (4): 394-403, doi: 10.1504 / IJPTI.2009.030688, can be downloaded from this link

The work focused on the article, developed in the CBQF and coordinated by Professors Alcina Bernardo and Rui Morais, allowed to conclude that the controlled atmosphere of 3% O2 + 10% CO2 was the best, among others tested, to preserve vitamin C of Salicornia ramosíssima, while maintaining food safety and sensory quality for three weeks at 4 °C.

Salicornia is a halophyte plant that grows in areas of saline and marsh (especially in Portugal). It is rich in bioactive compounds, including vitamins and iodine, and can be used as a replacer of salt and as a gourmet food in salads, pickles, or even to flavour olive oil.