Ultraviolet LED Technology for Food Applications: From Farms to Kitchens examines the next wave in the LED revolution and its ability to bring numerous advantages of UVC disinfection. As UVC LED-based light fixtures will become the driving force behind wider adoption, with potential use in the treatment of beverages, disinfection of food surfaces, packaging and other food contact and non-contact surfaces, this book presents the latest information, including LEDs unique properties and advantages and the developments and advances made in four areas of application, including produce production and horticulture, post-harvest and post processing storage, safety and point-of-use applications.
Alternative opportunities to current practices of food production and processing that are more sophisticated and diverse are being intensively investigated in recent decades, things like Ultraviolet light (UV) irradiation. The effects of UVC LEDs against bacteria, viruses and fungi already have been demonstrated and reported, along with the first applications for disinfection of air, water and surface made for the "point-of-use" integration.
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1. Overview of Ultraviolet (UV) LED Technology for Applications in Food Production 2. Technology of LED Light Sources and Systems from Visible to UV Range 3. Applications and Advances in LEDs for Horticulture and Crop Production 4. UV LEDs in Postharvest Preservation and Produce Storage 5. UV Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Food Safety
Dr. Tatiana Koutchma is a Research Scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph Research and Development Centre and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph. Tatiana's research focuses on the application of novel processing technologies to enhance microbial safety, quality and functionality of foods and feed, addresses issues of chemical safety including regulatory approvals, validation and technology transfer. Dr. Koutchma initiates, directs and performs integrated fundamental and applied research, interacts extensively with international government agencies, and collaborates with industry and academia partners. She is an Associate Editor of several international journals, and a co-founder and chair of UV for Food Working Group of International UV Association (IUVA). As well as delivering training for industry and government professionals, she has authored and co-authored 6 books, 14 book chapters, and more than 100 publications in peer reviewed and trade journals.