11 Dec 2023 EVENT

Imptox researcher from Ghent University to hold plenary lecture at B-FoST 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia

Unraveling the Impact of Microplastics and Nanoplastics on Food Safety.

In the dynamic field of food science and technology, Andreja Rajkovic, a researcher from Imptox at Ghent University, is preparing to share valuable insights on microplastics and nanoplastics. Professor Rajkovic is set to deliver a Plenary Lecture at the 3rd Black Sea Association of Food Science and Technology Congress (B-FoST) in Belgrade, taking place on December 13 and 14, 2023. 

B-FoST 2023 serves as a comprehensive platform for experts and enthusiasts across various domains of food science, spanning from Fundamental & Applied Food Science to Innovative Food Production and Biotechnology. Within this diverse tapestry of subjects, Prof. Rajkovic's lecture, titled "Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food Safety: From Toxicity to Microbial Interactions," will stand out as a noteworthy addition to the array of presentations and showcases the results of a research study conducted with a team of experts.

On December 14th, 2023, from 12.50 – 13.20, Rajkovic's lecture will delve into the intricate world of microplastics, exploring their presence in aquatic ecosystems and their potential impact on food safety. The presentation will unveil groundbreaking research, employing advanced methods such as Oxford nanopore whole-genome sequencing, Illumina shotgun metagenomics, Agilent Seahorse XFe96 analyzer, and Sartorius SX5 live cell imaging.

Rajkovic's research, conducted as part of the EU-funded Imptox project in collaboration with Imptox coordinator Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic (University of Belgrade), Elsa Gadoin (UGent), Elias Laissani (University of Ljubljana), Irene Ortega Sanz (UGent, University of Burgos), Charlotte Grootaert (UGent), Elien Alderweireldt (UGent), Mohamed F. Abdallah (UGent), Mirjana Andjelkovic (Sciensano), and Anja Klacnik (University of Ljubljana), addresses the growing concern of plastic pollution at microscopic levels. The Imptox initiative aims to comprehend the effects and toxicity of micro- and nanoplastic particles (MNPs) combined with environmental contaminants on human health. By developing an analytical platform, the project seeks to illuminate the potential risk of allergic diseases associated with MNPs.

During the lecture, Rajkovic will spotlight findings on microbial interactions with MPs and NPs, presenting evidence of a biofilm-forming support system and microbial colonization. The research, conducted in diverse environments, reveals the potential attachment of pathogens and microbial resistance genes to microplastics.

For more information on the gathering and its diverse array of presentations, visit the official conference page here. Stay tuned for updates on Imptox's latest breakthroughs in research.

Keywords: microbiome, microplastics, nanoplastics, human health, pollution, plastics, allergies