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Victor Castro Alves

Title: Researcher School/office: School of Science and Technology


Phone: +46 19 303819

Room: B3118

Victor Castro Alves
Research subject Research environments

About Victor Castro Alves

Victor Castro-Alves is a researcher within Örebro University’s multidisciplinary Food and Health programme. Before joining the Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre (MTM), he received a PhD in Food Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, by exploring the chemical structure of dietary fibres and their effects on immune system cells. He also has an MSc in Food Science from USP, which he obtained by applying mass spectrometry-based approaches to investigate how the surrounding environment of crop influences fruit quality. Victor Castro-Alves also employed mass spectrometry-based approaches and chemometrics to explore fruit quality in breeding programmes at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.


At ÖRU our primary research focus is on increasing the nutritional value and sensory quality of vegetables and herbs by developing innovative and commercially sound strategies through modulation of the light environment in greenhouses. We are applying the cutting-edge concept of sensomics, which integrates metabolomics, the comprehensive analysis of all metabolites in a studied biological system, with highly innovative testing for culinary quality and plant production parameters in collaboration with national and international research groups, as well as with commercial producers. We are also exploring how changes in the light environment during plant production impacts the synthesis of health-promoting compounds by the plant, and how these metabolites are biotransformed after consumption using in vitro fermentation studies. Our approach aims not only the production of healthier and tastier foods but also to contribute to the basic understanding of the relationship between plant metabolism and its sensorial and nutritional quality. That will lead to practical applications that will benefit primary producers, retailers, and first and foremost, consumers.

For more information about published papers please refer to my page within the ResearcherID and Google Scholar. You can also find me on ResearchGate.

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