María José Benito Bernáldez. Universidad de Extremadura
- WHO are you?
María José Benito Bernáldez, I am a trained veterinarian and a professor at the University of Extremadura in the School of Agricultural Engineering.
- WHAT do you research?
I research in microbiology, food safety, and quality. Food microbiology, including pathogenic, spoilage, and beneficial microorganisms, is essential for ensuring the safety and quality of food. I also research bioactive compounds with functional activities for use in the design of new foods. Obtaining compounds from by-products of the food industry is vital for sustainable production and promoting a circular economy.
- WHERE do you research?
I conduct my research at the School of Agricultural Engineering within the Department of Animal Production and Food Science and the area of Nutrition and Food Science, as well as at the University Institute for Agricultural and Food Resources. I belong to the CAMIALI research group and collaborate with expert researchers from different parts of the world: Portugal, Italy, Greece, England, France, the United States, and China.
- WHEN do you plan to do your work?
I carry out research work every day. Research work takes up a large part of my time, and I combine it with teaching at the University in the degrees of Food Science and Technology and in the degrees of Agricultural and Food Industry Engineering.
- WHY is your work important?
The work of university professors is both educational and research-based. Therefore, we have the responsibility to train new professionals in our field and to expand knowledge through research. This work is essential for the advancement of society.
- Is your work related to any EU mission?
Yes, to a Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.COMPARTE EN TUS REDES SOCIALES CON EL HASHTAG #NIGHTSPAIN