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Title: Functional and conservation value of fruits – a lab approach.
Authors: Alves-Pereira, Isabel
Capela-Pires, Joana
Candeias, Marta
Ferreira, R. M. A.
Keywords: Malus domestica
Prunus persica
Vaccinium myrtillus
enzymology class
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universitat Politècnica de València.
Citation: Alves-Pereira I, Capela-Pires J, Candeias M, Ferreira R (2020) – Functional and conservation value of fruits – a lab approach. 6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’20). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.
Abstract: Fruits are a relevant source of phenols and ascorbate, biomolecules which scavenge reactive oxygen species. For this reason, they are considered as healthy for the human being. Fruits quality depends on their levels of antioxidants and enzyme activities that ensure their conservation. The aim of this work was to plan and execute a laboratory class of Enzymology, a discipline of Biochemistry degree of University of Évora, Portugal, for determining the functional and conservation value of three different fruits types, sold in the market of Évora, Portugal. The development of this activity allowed that students of a pilot class participate in a laboratory activity which intended to compare the content of phenols, ascorbate, and polyphenol oxidase enzyme activity present in apple, peach and blueberries pulp. At Lab activity, the students successfully determined markers of functional and conservation value of selected fruits. The skills acquired by the students, in terms of obtaining fruit pulp and their composition in antioxidants, stimulated their commitment degree on the application of biochemistry in the everyday, acquiring thereby significant learning, with a high degree of satisfaction.
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