Area description

Research group

Head of Area

Vicent Yusà Pelechà


Dr Clara Coscollà Raga

Dr Olga Pardo Marín

Antonio López Tobaruela
Pablo Dualde Marín

Sandra Fernandez Fernandez
Rosa Mª Pérez Torres

Dr Lourdes Zubeldia Lauzurica

Dr Francisco Moragues Ribes

Dr Nuria León Ruiz

Yovana Sanchis Boix

Dr Jose Antonio Amoros Chillida

Maria Isabel Beser Santos

Dr Silvia Marin Villuendas

Carmen Igualada Cañas

Alfredo Sánchez Agulló


Research group history

Food Safety



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.

The research group members are affiliated to FISABIO-Public Health, the Laboratory of Public Health of Valencia (Laboratorio de Salud Pública de Valencia) and the Department of Food Safety of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Conselleria de Sanidad (Department of Health) of the Generalitat Valenciana (Government of Valencia).




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.

Atmospheric Pesticide Research Group of Valencia

2. Biomonitoring

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.

BetterMilk Project Website

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.







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.
It is expected that the negative impact of pesticides on the surrounding environment and people significantly decrease with the new system. Similarly, it is expected to advance in the implementation of REACH as a result of the project.

To achieve these general objectives the following specific objectives will be previously developed:
- It will be studied, designed and selected a dosing and automatic control of pesticides system within an irrigation network in use.
- Selection, from among the various pesticides allowed, those that serve the interests of the project.
- The distribution of the different pesticides used in the irrigation network and the correct dosage and at the chosen site will be studied and monitorized.
- The effects on the environment (soil, water and atmosphere) of such application shall be checked and compared with the applications that are currently underway.
- The process and the possible social implications of implementing the same within a given agricultural area will be economically assessed.

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.

LIFE Project website