Mirjana Pešić

Mirjana Pešić
Faculty of Agriculture - University of Belgrade · Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

PhD

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Apart from traditional medicine use, the fruit of Lycium barbarum L., known as red goji berry or wolfberry, is recognized and consumed as a functional food. Beyond nutritional properties, goji berry exerts many biological activities and health-promoting effects due to wide-range phytochemicals. Rising global popularity and high demand have spread t...
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This study aimed to characterize mixtures of goat milk proteins and Agaricus blazei Murrill (ABM) extracts (aqueous, AE and polysaccharides, PE). The mixtures showed stable particles with ζ-potential more negative than -41.1 mV. The addition of AMB extracts to goat milk did not result in a significant particle size change, whereas their addition to...
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In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the application of nanoemulsions in the food and beverage industries due to their better stability compared with conventional emulsions, higher liquid droplet interface area, optical transparency, and nanoencapsulation of bioactive compounds. Phytocompounds such as phenolic compounds, vitamins,...
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This paper explores the challenges in meeting the regulatory requirements of short food sup- ply chains in 9 European countries based upon findings from the European H2020 3-year project \SMARTCHAIN". The assessments of the barriers that small food producers face in meeting different regulatory requirements are presented. Drawing on the results of...
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The present work determined complete mineral profile of four different types of grains (spelt, soybean, maize, and buckwheat) grown under two growing systems – conventional and organic. The contents of 20 macro-, micro- and trace elements were analysed in the examined grains by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). In...
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The aim of the current research was to determine the content of (potentially) toxic elements and insecticide residues in monofloral sunflower bee-collected pollen. For micro- and trace elements determination Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission (ICP-OES) analytical method was used while insecticide residue content was monitored by applying L...
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Impact of bee products on human health is being a subject of many investigations due to their high bioactivity. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have confirmed that bee products possess strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, possible anti-carcinogenic, as well as some additional health promoting properties. As a crossroad among plants, bees and...
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Bee Products and Their Applications in the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries focuses on the health benefits of selected bee products by looking more closely at their pharmacological potentials and therapeutic applications in coping with various diseases. The book explores some of these products, such as royal jelly, propolis and bee venom, which i...
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As a source of different antioxidants, bee pollen can be successfully applied in skin cosmetics production. Due to express both lipophilic and hydrophilic properties (mainly influenced by botanical origin), bee pollen can advance emulsions and improve miscibility/stability in the oil/water system, which is essential for preparing different skin cos...
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Product authentication is one of the most important food quality assurances. Considering the importance of consumption of berry fruits with proven health-beneficial properties, high sensory values and rich composition in bioactive substances, the aim of this study was to evaluate a straightforward and simple procedure for the protein fingerprinting...
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The current study aimed to phytochemically characterize (including a detailed phenolic profile) two endemic Balkan’s species (Hieracium waldsteinii and Onosma stellulata) and determine their possible application as a source of natural antioxidant and antimicrobial agents. The main phenolic compound in both species (in all examined parts) was chloro...
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Goji berries have long been used for their nutritional value and medicinal purposes in Asian countries. In the last two decades, goji berries have become popular around the world and are consumed as a functional food due to wide-range bioactive compounds with health-promoting properties. In addition, they are gaining increased research attention as...
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Comparison of the nutrients composition of organically and conventionally produced foods has been the subject of numerous studies worldwide. The aim of this work was to determine fatty acid (FAs) content and composition, by using the GC-FID method, as a tool for nutritional assessment of the organically (OS) and conventionally produced soybean (CS)...
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There are plenty of research articles which emphasised divergences in nutrients content between organic and conventional food products. In order to determine possible differences between maize grains grown under organic (OM) and conventional (CM) production systems, the sugar profile was determined by HPLC-RI analytical technique. For that purpose,...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the content and profile of the phenolic compounds (PCs) and antioxidant properties of field-grown leaves, in vitro leaves and in vitro callus cultures of the blackberry 'Čačanska Bestrna' and blueberry 'Toro'. In vitro shoots of the selected genotypes were grown either on original Murashige and Skoog (MS) mediu...
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In recent years, manufacturing of functional food has gained a lot of attention. The most recent studies indicate that bovine milk proteins are suitable carriers for a whole range of bioactive substances, mainly because of their micellar structure. The aim of our study was to examine the possibility of goat milk proteins (RM - raw skimmed milk and...
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“Bee pollen” is pollen collected from flowers by honey bees. It is used by the bees to nourish themselves, mainly by providing royal jelly and brood food, but it is also used for human nutrition. For the latter purpose, it is collected at the hive entrance as pellets that the bees bring to the hive. Bee pollen has diverse bioactivities, and thus ha...
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The current study intended to determine, for the first time, phenolic and fatty acid profile, antioxidant and certain nutritional properties of monofloral bee-collected artichoke (Cynara scolymus) pollen. Based on UHPLC-DAD MS-MS analysis the main phenolics in extractable fraction were different flavonol glycosides (in particular Isorhamnetin-3-O-g...
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The objective of this study was to determine whether the addition of different pollen powder concentrations (0.5; 1.0 and 1.5 g/100 g) had an influence on techno-functional, textural and sensorial traits of frankfurters. Examining the techno-functional characteristics of pollen, a conclusion was reached that the higher the concentration, the higher...
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The aim of this research was phenolics and protein characterization and antioxidant properties evaluation of skimmed thermally treated goat’s milk powder enriched with different concentration of grape pomace seed extract (SE). The dominant phenolics in SE were phenolic acids, flavan–3-ols and procyanidins. Different electrophoretic techniques toget...
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The objective of this study was to determine whether the addition of different pollen powder concentrations (0.0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 g/100 g) to frankfurters had an influence on antioxidant potential and oxidative changes during storage, without detrimental effect on the quality of sausages. After cold storage of frankfurters, significant (P < 0.05)...
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The beneficial role of fungi from the Trichoderma genus and its secondary metabolites in promoting plant growth, uptake and use efficiency of macronutrients and oligo/micro-nutrients, activation of plant secondary metabolism and plant protection from diseases makes it interesting for application in environmentally friendly agriculture. However, the...
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Nutritional properties of inulin‐enriched tofu obtained after hydrothermal cooking of soymilk, using chymosin‐pepsin rennet and inulin as a functional ingredient were assessed. This procedure significantly differs from the traditional one. The residual activity (rTIA) of trypsin inhibitors (TIs) and lectins, content of proteins, carbohydrates, fats...
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Free access to the article until July 08, 2021 at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1d5n2ACeY7wj8 This study evaluated whether inert feed enriched with Lb. paracasei subsp. paracasei BGHN14 may be used as a weaning diet for first feeding pike-perch larvae. Three experimental groups were weaned from the start of exogenous feeding: two groups were give...
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The aim of research was to determine polyphenols bioaccessibility and antioxidant properties of thermally-treated skimmed goat milk enriched with sunflower bee-collected pollen through in vitro digestion. HPLC analysis confirmed that pollen-enriched milk contained flavonols as the main phenolic fraction (80.7-76.2%) followed by phenolic acids (14.2...
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The aim of the current study was to determine the content of several primary metabolites: total soluble sugars, starch and lipids, soluble sugars, fatty acids and triacylglycerols profile, and secondary metabolites: total phenolics and flavonoids, in the grains of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) cultivar ‘Kaća’. Additionally, grain antioxidant pro...
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Soybean soaking water whey (SWW) is obtained as the waste of soy milk production and mostly represents an environmental problem. The aim of this study was to assess the content of proteins and content and activity of trypsin inhibitors of fresh SWW, obtained during soy milk production. Two zones of Bowman-Birk trypsin inhibitors (BBI) were detected...
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The UV-B represents the minor fraction of the solar spectrum, while UV-C is not contained in natural solar radiation, but both radiation types can cause damaging effects in plants. Cell walls (CWs) are one of the targets for external stressors. Juvenile P. omorika trees were treated either with 21 day- high doses UV-B or with 7 day- UV-C in open-to...
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In recent years, studies have often been devoted to the frequent on frequency , motives and consequences of consuming energy drinks by the student population at universities. These studies have been common in many countries. The aim of this study was to identify the patterns of energy drink consumption among college students of the Serbian Universi...
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Phenolic compounds and biopotential (antioxidant, cellular antioxidant and cytotoxic activity) of grape pomace (GP) skin, seed, stem and whole GP originating from indigenous red grape variety Prokupac were evaluated. The UHPLC-Orbitrap MS4 analysis showed the presence of 75 phenolic compounds (57 non-anthocyanins and 18 anthocyanins), among which c...
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COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and people are under quarantine. During quarantine, continuously hearing or reading about the pandemic can have effects on different aspects of people’s lives. One of these very significant effects is on human nutrition. This study aimed to summarize the experiences o...
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The aim of this study was to examine nutritional (total lipid, carbohydrate, protein and ash content, fatty acids and protein profile) and techno-functional properties of monofloral bee-collected sunflower pollen (Helianthus annuus L.). The content of water, total protein, carbohydrate, lipid and ash was 24.99, 14.36, 82.01, 1.62 and 2.01 g/100g DW...
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The study was designed to investigate chemical composition and kernel quality of almond cultivars ‘Troito’, ‘Marcona’ and ‘Texas’ grafted on Myrobalan plum seedlings and ‘GF 677’ rootstock under drought stress. Oil content varied from 53.34% (‘Marcona’) to 58.11% (‘Texas’), and protein content was in a range from 17.36% (‘Texas’) to 23.02% (‘Troito...
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The aim of this study was to determine fatty acid and soluble sugar profiles of the grape seed flour originated from non-fermented dried pomace of international and autochthonous grape varieties in order to estimate their potential nutritional value. The grape seed flours were obtained from the grapes harvested in technological maturity. It has bee...
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Quinoa is considered to be a “natural functional food” due to a lot of bioactive compounds that are beneficial for human health by helping prevent the risks of different diseases. The aim of this study was to test the health‐promoting characteristics of Puno and Titicaca quinoa seeds grown in Serbia by assessing their phenolic and flavonoid content...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the bioaccessibility of pesticide residues in blueberries (commercial and sample from controlled field trial) from Serbia, involving the presence of a complex food matrix and to assess the potential risk to human health. The presence of nine active substances (azoxystrobin, boscalid, fludioxonil, cyprodinil,...
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Tofu protein composition changes induced by a pilot plant processing method involving hydrothermal cooking, commercial rennet as coagulant and inulin as functional ingredient were assessed. Glycoproteins (γ-, β-conglycinin) were firmly bound to the matrix of the obtained gels. Extractable proteins of inulin-enriched tofu were with mainly basic 7S-g...
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Pollen (floral or bee-collected) can be used as a good source of different nutrients including several important biogenic elements (minerals). The aim of this study was to determine content of selected biogenic elements (phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc) in monofloral bee-collected pollen originated from sunflower...
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Pollen is recognized as an excellent dietary supplement for human nutrition, which is why it can be found in different forms on the market (granules, capsules, tablets, pellets, and powders). But, the digestibility of pollen's nutrients is strongly affected by the presence of a pollen shell, which can decrease the bioavailability of nutrients by 50...
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Nanotechnology is an emerging field of science, and nanotechnological concepts have been intensively studied for potential applications in the food industry. Nanoparticles (with dimensions ranging from one to several hundred nanometers) have specific characteristics and better functionality, thanks to their size and other physicochemical properties...
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Triacylglycerols (TAGs) and free fatty acids (FAs) present an important part of the grain lipid fraction. Knowing about its composition can be important information for both chemotaxonomic and nutritional parameters. The aim of the present study was to determine the TAG and FA profiles (and their similarities/differences) of several important crops...
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Wine production results in acquiring a vast quantity of valuable by-products, such as pomace. Pomace and its constituents, skin and seed, have proven to be a valuable source of bioactive compounds that can be extracted and added into a different food products, improving their functional properties. During wine production, polyphenols, important hea...
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Dear colleagues and researchers, I am pleased to inform you that first paper has been published in Special Issue of Biomolecules (MDPI journal with IF for 2018 = 4.6) named "Pollen as food and feed". Therefore, I would like to invite you to take participation with your research papers and provide to them high visibility and citations. Deadline for...
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The aim of this work was to determine phenolic profile and antioxidant properties of methanolic (MEP) and ethanolic (EEP) extracts of monofloral bee-collected sunflower pollen from Serbia. In total, 37 different polyphenols (19 flavonol glycosides and 18 other polyphenols) were identified by UHPLC/MS-MS Orbitrap analysis. The different phenolic pro...
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Wine is traditionally made from fermented grapes, although it can be made from other sources, such as rice, plum, cherry, pomegranate, currant, blackberry, etc. After wine production, the significant quantities of the by-products (such as pomace, stems, etc.) are obtained. Recently, the grape pomace and its constituents such as skin and seed have b...
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This study deals with the effect of in vitro digestion on the functional potential of traditional Serbian white-brined cheeses. The total antioxidant capacity, reducing power and iron (II) chelating properties as well as angiotensin-converting enyzme-inhibitory (ACE-inhibitory) and antimicrobial activities of traditional Serbian white-brined cheese...
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Dear colleagues/scientists, as a one of Guest Editors in Biomolecules Journal (IF for 2018 = 4.694) here I want to share a proposal for all scientists which are dealing with pollen analysis, regarding to its application as food ingredient/supplement or as feed. At the link given bellow you can find all information about Special Issue in this Journa...
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Due to its divergent chemical composition and good nutritional properties, pollen is not only important as a potential food supplement but also as a good substrate for the development of different microorganisms. Among such microorganisms, toxigenic fungi are extremely dangerous as they can synthesize mycotoxins as a part of their metabolic pathway...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of enriching a complex food matrix (FM) with grape extracts on polyphenol content, composition, bioaccessibility and antioxidant activity during digestion. The grape extracts and FM were separately tested under the same conditions as controls. The FM by itself contains a significant amount of phenoli...
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This study was aimed at investigating the phytochemical composition and antioxidant capacity of rhizomes, above-ground vegetative parts and flowers of three Iris species: Iris humilis, Iris pumila L. and Iris variegata L. UHPLC-Orbitrap MS analysis was used for determination of phytochemical profile. Also, total pigments, phenolics, flavonoids, sol...
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Polyphenolic compounds, known for their antioxidant, antimicrobial, and other health-promoting characteristics, are frequently used for encapsulation. Encapsulation eliminates disadvantages such as instability, low solubility, and bioavailability. Microparticles (1–1000 µm), submicron particles (~1 µm), and nanoparticles (one to several hundred nan...
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Soybean, a legume from family Fabaceae, due to its high content of antioxidants provides antitumour and chemopreventive effects. The aim of this work was to detect the content of most important antioxidants – polyphenols and flavonoids in soybean seed gained from two different producing systems during 2017. season – organic and conventional. Conten...
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From the nutritional point of view, cheese is a good source of essential substances such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and short chain fatty acids. In addition, cheeses contain a great number of bioactive peptides including those with ACE-inhibitor activity. According to current knowledge, several factors including type of milk, the presence of n...
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The aim of this study was to characterize antioxidant properties of traditional Serbian white cheeses in brine and the influence of in vitro digestion on these properties. Total antioxidant capacity, reducing power and iron (II) chelating properties of four different Serbian cheeses before and after in vitro digestion were assayed. Due to different...
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Lately, there is an increased interest for berries of Aronia Melanocarpa fruits because of their potential health effects. Numerous studies have shown its significant impact on protection role against cardiovascular disease, and the reduction of cancer risk. The high biological activity of chokeberry is associated with its chemical composition, ric...
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Polyphenols and flavonoids are two diverse groups of secondary metabolites in plants. They belong to the bioactive compounds with strong positive impact on human health. Fruit of Aronia melanocarpa L. is one of the berries types with the most pronounced antioxidative properties, which makes it an important part of a healthy diet. Due to chemical di...
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Grape seeds contain significant quantity of biologically active compounds. These wine or grape processing by-products are potentially great raw material for functional food additives, especially because of their antioxidant properties. Polyphenols, which comprise class of flavonoids, have vital role in these properties. The most abundant flavonoids...
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The skin of red grape varieties is a significant source of polyphenols, of which are the most abundant anthocyanins. Anthocyanins can be used as a potential food additives, primarly due to its positive and wide impacts on human health. However, they are very unstable and can easily degrade due to the influence of various factors such as high temper...
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This study deals with fatty acid profiles and mineral contents of traditional Serbian white cheeses in brine. Study covered four Serbian traditional white brined cheeses: Zlatar cheese, Sjenica cheese, Svrljig cheese and Homolje cheese prepared from raw cow and ovine milk. Fatty acid profiles of traditional cheeses were qualitatively and quantitati...
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Introduction Seed is one of the most important parts of plants that are included in reproduction process. According to that it is reach in nutritive important components such as proteins, amino acids, sugars, phenolics etc. Also, it is one of the basic plant products that are used in human diet. Soybean (Glycine max L.), maize (Zea mays L.), spelt...
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The aim of this work was to identify and quantify fatty acids presented in pollen samples collected from six different Serbian maize hybrids by GC capillary method. Due to great importance of fatty acids as food component potential nutritional value of maize pollen as food suplement in human diet was determined. It has been shown that pollen is a g...
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The fatty acid profile, its relation to botanical origin and nutritional characteristics of bee-collected pollen from Serbia was determined. Twenty different fatty acids were detected. Depending on the palynological origin, the fatty acid (FAs) composition varied greatly. Three groups of pollen samples can be differentiated on the basis of Categori...
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Eng.: Assessment of microbiological quality of bee collected pollen is very important, because of its use as a supplement in the human diet. In this study, 26 samples collected from different location in Serbia were tested for the presence of mold through mycologial analysis. The presence of aflatoxin B1, one of the most dangerous and the most wide...