The group of Microbiology and Quality of Fruit and Vegetables (MxQ) belongs to the Department of Food Science and Technology at CEBAS-CSIC. The team includes scientific staff, Dr. Maria I. Gil (Research Professor), Dr. Ana Allende (Scientific Researcher) and Dr. Pilar Truchado (Contracted Ramón y Cajal), highly qualified staff, Dr Juan Antonio Tudela (Technical) and Dr Alicia Marín (Technical) as well as experienced technicians, Postdoc, Predoc, MSc and undergraduate students.
As the group has a solid background in microbiology and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables, it is prepared to cover food safety issues from fundamental to applied aspects of microbial and chemical risks and postharvest biology and technology, including postharvest shelf life. The main research topics are directed to studying pre and postharvest factors that affect quality and safety of fruit and vegetables. The incorporation of new generation sequencing techniques (NGS) combined with the knowledge in the physiological and agronomic characteristics of fresh produce constitutes a perfect combination to respond to the problems of growers and processors regarding safety and quality questions related to fresh and fresh-cut products.