Head of Area
Vicent Yusà Pelechà
Dr Clara Coscollà Raga
Research group history
The research carried out by the Food Safety Section of FISABIO-Public Health focuses mainly on the development of analytical methods for the determination of pollutants and residues in foods and environmental matrices, and on the evaluation of the risks derived from the presence of pollutants in food and in the environment.
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Lines of Research
1. Airborne Pesticides
In this area, we study the presence of pesticides in air. We develop methods for capturing and analysing airborne agricultural pesticides, monitor their levels in ambient air and their temporal and spatial trends, and assess pesticide exposure and risk by inhalation and dermal exposure.
In this area, we develop new laboratory methods to analyse food and environmental pollutants in biological fluids and tissues, such as human milk, urine or hair. We also study the exposure to persistent and emergent pollutants of the general population and more vulnerable subpopulations, such as children and pregnant women. Furthermore, we characterise associated environmental and dietary factors, and perform risk assessments.
3. New analytical methods
This area involves the development of new analytical methods for the determination of pollutants and residues of interest in food safety and environmental health.
4. Exposure assessment
Assessment of exposure to high-priority and emerging pollutants and residues that could enter the food chain and of associated risks. Exposure assessment is performed by means of various methods, including whole-diet studies, data obtained from governmental surveillance programmes, and biomonitoring.
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ENVIRONMENTALLY EFFICIENT USE OF PESTICIDES BY LOCALIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
LIFE-IRRILIFE (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000119)
The project aim is the developing of a system for the distribution and dispensing of plant protection (pesticides and other fitorregulators) in a localized irrigation system in use in order to assess the beneficial environmental impacts that such practice would be, and compare it with the current pesticide application techniques.
To achieve these general objectives the following specific objectives will be previously developed:
In this way, the project will begin with the study and selection of pesticides to be used bearing in mind the specific features that should have due to the employed dosing system as well as the different plagues that must beat on.
At the same time, the design and selection of the equipment needed to test the study and practice of monitoring systems will be developed. After these steps, the entire system (both equipment and pesticides) will be implemented on a network of irrigation and its impact on the environment and plants will be monitored. Finally, the entire process will be economically valued.
All this, thinking that the multiple plots of the zone meet different cultures and different water needs. For this, the system will adjust to these needs to do an efficient application.
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