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  • Preserving culinary heritage and promoting sustainability: an overview of botanical nutrition regarding herbs and spices used on the territory of today’s Cameroon

    Dongho Dongmo, Fabrice Fabien; Zangueu, Calvin Bogning; Djeukeu Asongni, William; Tsopgni, Wilfried Dongmo Tekapi; Tchoutezou, Guy Herman Zanguim; Dongmo, Jasmine Nguimfack; Tchuenbou-Magaia, Fideline Laure; Ebelle Etame, Rebecca Madeleine; Sameza, Modeste Lambert; Gouado, Inocent; et al. (Springer Nature, 2024-07-11)
    Herbs and spices are not merely condiments; they are the essence of our cultural heritage, infusing our cuisine with flavors that do more than tantalize the palate, they offer a spectrum of health benefits. This study meticulously reviews 59 botanicals, 44 spices and 15 herbs, cherished in Cameroon, presenting a treasure trove of ethnobotanical and ethnonutritional wisdom. Fruits emerge as the most favored part of plants used in spices. Herbs often hail from Asia and Europe, and spices from the lush tropics and subtropics of Africa. This review casts a spotlight on the critical role these plants play in culinary artistry and health promotion, thanks to their rich array of bioactive compounds. It navigates through the complexities of sustainable management and conservation, advocating for the longevity of these botanicals for the enrichment of future generations. The paper calls for rigorous scientific research to substantiate the health claims associated with these natural wonders and promotes sustainable harvesting and market expansion. It underscores the necessity of educating the public about the value of these plants. In conclusion, the paper urges continued research into the scientific validation of health benefits, the adoption of sustainable practices, the exploration of value-added products, market development strategies, and heightened public awareness. This research aims to lay a robust foundation for future endeavors, aspiring to holistically manage health and well-being through the sustainable harnessing of these invaluable natural resources.
  • Investigation on the environmental causes of tomato fruit cracking and its propagation prediction in greenhouse

    Liu, Ying; Yang, Jun; Li, Zhiguo; Tchuenbou-Magaia, Fideline Laure; Liu, Yande; College of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China. (Wiley, 2024-07-11)
    In this study, Provence tomato variety was chosen for investigating the environmental causes of tomato fruit cracking, cracks characteristics, and their propagation prediction in a greenhouse. Fruit bagging approach was used to alter the temperature and humidity and to create a microclimate around the fruit to induce fruit cracking for testing. Results showed that the fruit cracking rate increased when the environment temperature exceeded 30°C, and the difference between the highest and lowest temperature values in a day was greater than 20°C. The cracking rate was aggravated when the difference between the highest and lowest humidity values in a day was less than 20%. The proportions of top cracking, longitudinal cracking, ring cracking, radial cracking, and combined cracking were 5.4%, 16.1%, 28.3%, 26.8%, and 32.1%, respectively. The fruit shoulder was the most susceptible region to crack, followed by fruit belly and top regions, whereas longer cracks were observed in the fruit belly region indicating a higher propensity to crack propagation in that region. Finally, the measured data were used to validate an extended finite element method developed to effectively predict cracking susceptibility and propagation in tomato fruit with a relative error of 4.68%.
  • Preserving freshness: Innovations for fresh-eating fruit distribution and damage prevention – A review

    Yu, Jincheng; Wang, Minggang; Tchuenbou-Magaia, Fideline Laure; Wani, Ali Abas; Zhu, Pengfei; Fadiji, Tobi; Liu, Yande (Elsevier, 2024-07-11)
    The preservation of fresh-eating fruit within the supply chain is of paramount for maintaining freshness and minimizing resource waste. This article elucidates a comprehensive and integrated approach to fruit loss prevention and preservation techniques which collectively can substantially prolong the shelf life of fresh-eating fruits across various supply chain contexts. Here we show that the proposed solution emphasizes the development of real-time damage monitoring systems, innovative sensors for fruit freshness detection, and predictive methods for quality degradation and estimating shelf life. Additionally, we advocate for fundamental research to support the creation of smart, lightweight, sustainable, shockproof packaging systems. These packaging systems aim to utilize recyclable and biodegradable materials, contributing to environmental sustainability. In conclusion, this study establishes a scientific foundation for innovative solutions in the preservation and damage avoidance of fresh-eating fruits within the supply chain. By considering diverse factors and proposing a holistic approach, we anticipate substantial advancements in preserving the freshness of fruits.
  • ‘Stakeholder perceptions’ of the impacts of climatic features on residents and residences: a UK study

    Onus, Ehis Lawrence; Chinyio, Ezekiel; Daniel, Emmanuel Itodo (MDPI, 2024-06-30)
    Liveable housing environments face the menace of global climate change. Built infrastructure (including buildings and houses) continuously experiences significant impacts that are exacerbated by natural variability in the climate. Our study examined how climate change impacts the resilience of residential buildings, increases maintenance frequency, and the wellbeing and comfort of residents in UK residential buildings. This study used deductive reasoning and an empirical epistemological methodology as the basis of primary data collection via a questionnaire survey. The instrument was designed to gather data on the frequency of maintenance and the wellbeing of residents and their perceptions regarding the impacts of climate change. Through regression analysis of the data, the findings showed a significant relationship between climate change and the wellbeing of the occupants of UK residential buildings. Also, physical wellbeing and social wellbeing are more important to the occupants than their mental wellbeing. The cost of maintenance of residential buildings in the UK has an upward trajectory due to the continuously reducing resilience of building fabrics caused by the impacts of climate change; for instance, a recent increase in rainfall/storms resulted in unprecedented flooding, which damaged the fabrics of some UK residential buildings.
  • Beyond Futures - Festival of Research & Innovation 2024

    Suresh, Subashini; Pillai, Prashant; Morgan, Jill; University of Wolverhampton (University of Wolverhampton, 2024-07-13)
    Book of abstracts and full paper proceedings for Beyond Futures - Festival of Research and Innovation, Research Student Conference, held on Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 July 2024.

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