Contact Dr M. Carmen Alamar
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Areas of expertise
- Food Quality
- Food Safety
BackgroundDr Alamar obtained her PhD in Food Technology in 2007 by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), conducting her research work in two centres of excellence in the postharvest field: the Agricultural Engineering Centre at the Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research (IVIA), Spain, and KU-Leuven University, Belgium. During this period she gained an in-depth understanding of non-destructive postharvest techniques (viz. near infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance) for the estimation of internal food quality-related attributes, and of the mechanical behaviour of fresh fruit and vegetables. Prior to starting her career as a postdoc at Cranfield University, Dr Alamar worked as a Food Quality Inspector for Ibertrade, Spain, in close collaboration with USDA counterparts (2007). In 2009, she was awarded a Postgraduate fellowship (Rank 1st) by the Research and Food Technology Department- Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Department (Spain), being her main responsibility the management and organisation of scientific seminars where both academia and industrialists were able to interact in order to address and/or explore existing issues in the Agrifood sector. As academic visitor in the Plant Science Laboratory at Cranfield University (2010-2012), she extended her experience in postharvest biology aiming at understanding the effect of the supply chain on the physiology and biochemistry of ready-to-eat stone fruit in relation to fruit quality parameters. Dr Alamar was then appointed as Research Fellow in Postharvest Bioscience in 2012, and is now Lecturer in Postharvest Biology at Cranfield University.
Dr Alamar's overall research expertise has focused on postharvest biology and technology of fresh produce. Her two core areas of research include: i) the use and implementation of postharvest technologies and ii) plant physiology and biochemistry of postharvest commodities. Her goal is to provide a holistic approach to Postharvest Biology where agri-engineering and biology (transcriptomics, biochemistry and physiology) are better integrated in order to tackle postharvest challenges throughout the supply chain. Dr Alamar has been actively involved in a number of high profile research projects/contracts for both BBSRC and DEFRA, and large corporates such as Unilever, Monsanto, Johnson Matthey and Zespri. She is Course Director for Food Systems and Management MSc and supervises/co-supervises both MSc and PhD students.
Her key research areas are:
- Implementation of postharvest techniques such as control modified atmosphere, ethylene supplementation and 1-MCP; to prolong storage life and reduce waste of fruit and vegetables.
- Investigation of the effects of postharvest storage techniques on the physiology and biochemistry, particularly in terms of secondary metabolites (viz. phenolic compounds and plant growth regulators). Targeted and non-targeted metabolomics.
- Chemometrics and multivariate statistical analysis.
- Identification of physiological and biochemical markers, and natural variants in key dormancy-related genes that can be used to select for dormancy-related traits.
- Mechanistic understanding (transcriptomis) of plant senescence and dormancy break.
BBSRC; DEFRA; Unilever; Monsanto; Johnson Matthey; Amcor; PepsiCo; MMUK Ltd.; KWS UK Ltd.; Edward Vinson Ltd., Zespri
Articles In Journals
- Grandsir C, Falagán N & Alamar MC (2023) Application of novel technologies to reach net‐zero greenhouse gas emissions in the fresh pasteurised milk supply chain: A review, International Journal of Dairy Technology, 76 (1) 38-50.
- Tezyapar I, Marsay N, Huntington V, Coulon F, Alamar MC, Capstick M, Higson S, Buchanan A & Wagland ST (2022) Assessing metal recovery opportunities through bioleaching from past metallurgical sites and waste deposits: UK case study, Detritus, 21 62-71.
- García-Pastor ME, Giménez MJ, Serna-Escolano V, Guillén F, Valero D, Serrano M, García Martínez S, Terry LA, Alamar MC & Pedro ZJ (2021) Oxalic acid preharvest treatment improves colour and quality of seedless table grape ‘Magenta’ upregulating on-vine ABA metabolism and relative VvNCED1 gene expression and the antioxidant system in berries, Frontiers in Plant Science, 12 Article No. 740240.
- García-Pastor ME, Falagán N, Giné-Bordonaba J, Wójcik DA, Terry LA & Alamar MC (2021) Cultivar and tissue-specific changes of abscisic acid, its catabolites and individual sugars during postharvest handling of flat peaches (Prunus persica cv. platycarpa), Postharvest Biology and Technology, 181 (November) Article No. 111688.
- Tosetti R, Waters A, Chope GA, Cools K, Alamar MC, McWilliam S, Thompson AJ & Terry LA (2021) New insights into the effects of ethylene on ABA catabolism, sweetening and dormancy in stored potato tubers, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 173 (March) Article No. 111420. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12465359
- Collings ER, Alamar MC, Bogaerts Marquez M, Kourmpetli S, Kevei Z, Thompson AJ, Mohareb FR & Terry LA (2021) Improving the tea withering process using ethylene or UV-C, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 69 (45) 13596-13607. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.14038814
- Nkwonta CG, Alamar MC, Cellek S & Terry LA (2021) Overview of potential individual phenolic compounds of African walnut extracts and cytotoxicity assessment in lung cancer cell line (A549), Acta Horticulturae.
- Alamar MC, Anastasiadi M, Lopez-Cobollo R, Bennett MH, Thompson AJ, Turnbull CGN, Mohareb F & Terry LA (2020) Transcriptome and phytohormone changes associated with ethylene-induced onion bulb dormancy, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 168 (October) Article No. 111267. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.11534484
- Magwaza LS, Alamar MC, Tesfay SZ, Mditshwa A, Opara UL & Terry LA (2019) Investigating the involvement of ABA, ABA catabolites and cytokinins in the susceptibility of ‘Nules Clementine’ mandarin to rind breakdown disorder, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 99 (8) 4142-4149.
- Douglas RK, Nawar S, Alamar MC, Coulon F & Mouazen AM (2019) Rapid detection of alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in oil‐contaminated soil with visible near‐infrared spectroscopy, European Journal of Soil Science, 70 (January) 140-150. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.5794842
- Morris WL, Alamar MC, Lopez-Cobollo RM, Castillo JC, Bennett M, Van der Kaay J, Stevens J, Sharma SK, McLean K, Thompson AJ, Terry LA, Turnbull CGN, Bryan GJ & Taylor MA (2019) A member of the TERMINAL FLOWER 1/CENTRORADIALIS gene family controls sprout growth in potato tubers, Journal of Experimental Botany, 70 (3) 835-843.
- Serradilla MJ, Falagán N, Bohmer B, Terry LA & Alamar MC (2019) The role of ethylene and 1-MCP in early-season sweet cherry ‘Burlat’ storage life, Scientia Horticulturae, 258 (December) Article No. 108787.
- Collings ER, Alamar MC, Redfern S, Cools K & Terry LA (2019) Spatial changes in leaf biochemical profile of two tea cultivars following cold storage under two different vapour pressure deficit (VPD) conditions, Food Chemistry, 277 (March) 179-185. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.6833639
- Ohanenye IC, Alamar MC, Thompson AJ & Terry LA (2019) Fructans redistribution prior to sprouting in stored onion bulbs is a potential marker for dormancy break, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 149 (March) 221-234. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.6706676
- Douglas RK, Nawar S, Alamar MC, Coulon F & Mouazen AM (2019) The application of a handheld mid-infrared spectrometry for rapid measurement of oil contamination in agricultural sites, Science of the Total Environment, 665 (May) 253-261.
- Collings ER, Alamar MC, Cools K, Ordaz-Ortiz JJ & Terry LA (2018) Discrete ex situ and continuous in situ real-time respiration rate measurements of fresh produce using a novel automated dynamic approach, Acta Horticulturae, 1194 (April) 1265-1272.
- Douglas RK, Nawar S, Cipullo S, Alamar MC, Coulon F & Mouazen AM (2018) Evaluation of vis-NIR reflectance spectroscopy sensitivity to weathering for enhanced assessment of oil contaminated soils, Science of the Total Environment, 626 (June) 1108-1120. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.5794791.v1
- Alamar MC, Falagán N, Aktas E & Terry LA (2018) Minimising food waste: a call for multidisciplinary research, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 98 (1) 8-11.
- Collings ER, Gavidia MC, Cools K, Redfern S & Terry LA (2018) Effect of UV-C on the physiology and biochemical profile of fresh Piper nigrum berries, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 136 161-165. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.5594038
- Douglas RK, Nawar S, Alamar MC, Mouazen AM & Coulon F (2018) Rapid prediction of total petroleum hydrocarbons concentration in contaminated soil using vis-NIR spectroscopy and regression techniques, Science of the Total Environment, 616-617 (March) 147-155.
- Alamar MC, Collings E, Cools K & Terry LA (2017) Impact of controlled atmosphere scheduling on strawberry and imported avocado fruit, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 134 76-86.
- Douglas RK, Nawar S, Alamar MC, Coulon F & Mouazen AM (2017) Almost 25 years of chromatographic and spectroscopic analytical method development for petroleum hydrocarbons analysis in soil and sediment: state-of-the-art, progress and trends, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (16) 1497-1527.
- Alamar MC, Tosetti R, Landahl S, Bermejo A & Terry LA (2017) Assuring future potato tuber quality during storage: A future perspective, Frontiers in Plant Science, 8 Article No. 2034.
- Nkwonta C, Alamar M, Landahl S & Terry L (2016) Effects of postharvest storage and processing techniques on the main fatty acids in the profile of oil extracted from African Walnut (Tetracarpidium conophorum Mull. Arg.), Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 45 (February) 87-94.
- Nkwonta CG, Medina A, del Carmen Alamar M & Terry LA (2015) Impact of postharvest processing on the fungal population contaminating African walnut shells (Tetracarpidium conophorum Mull. Arg) at different maturity stages and potential mycotoxigenic implications, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 194 15-20.
- Cools K, Alamar M & Terry LA (2014) Controlling sprouting in potato tubers using ultraviolet-C irradiance, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 98 106-114.
- Alamar Gavidia MC & Terry LA (2013) Temporal changes in individual phenolics and sugars in imported nectarines subjected to simulated "real world" supply chain conditions, Acta Horticulturae, 1012 1291-1298.
- Gonzalez-Mas MC, Rambla JL, Alamar MC, Gutierrez A & Granell A (2011) Comparative analysis of the volatile fraction of fruit juice from different citrus species, PLoS ONE, 6 (7).
- Alamar MC, Suay R & Moltó E (2008) Micromechanical behaviour of turfgrass for sports fields, Acta Horticulturae, 783 303-308.
- Martínez-Calvo J, Gisbert AD, Alamar MC, Hernandorena R, Romero C, Llácer G & Badenes ML (2008) Study of a germplasm collection of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) by multivariate analysis, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 55 (5) 695-703.
- Alamar MC, Vanstreels E, Oey ML, Moltó E & Nicolaï BM (2008) Micromechanical behaviour of apple tissue in tensile and compression tests: Storage conditions and cultivar effect, Journal of Food Engineering, 86 (3) 324-333.
- Alamar MC, Bobelyn E, Lammertyn J, Nicolaï BM & Moltó E (2007) Calibration transfer between NIR diode array and FT-NIR spectrophotometers for measuring the soluble solids contents of apple, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 45 (1) 38-45.
- Oey ML, Vanstreels E, Alamar MC, De Baerdemaeker J, Schlüter O & Nicolai BM (2006) Influence of turgor on micromechanical properties of apple tissue., Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, 71 (1) 193-197.
- Vanstreels E, Alamar AC, Verlinden BE, Enninghorst A, Loodts JKA, Tijskens E, Ramon H & Nicolai BM (2005) Micromechanical behaviour of onion epidermal tissue, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 37 (2) 163-173.
- Nicolaí B, Lammertyn J, Veraverbeke EA, Hertog MLATM, Róth E, Berna A, Alamar MC, Verlinden B & Jancsók P (2005) Non-destructive techniques for measuring quality of fruit and vegetables, Acta Horticulturae, 682 1333-1340.
- Alamar MC, Psichas A, Spence M & Willcock S (2017) The carbon footprint of high-protein foods: Perceptions and impact of consumer-facing information in the UK. Global Food Security Programme.