Table olives are considered the most widespread fermented food in the Mediterranean area and their consumption is expanding all over the world. This fermented vegetable can be considered as a natural functional food thanks to their high nutritional value and high content of bioactive compounds that contribute to the health and well-being of consumers. The presence of bioactive compounds is strongly influenced by a complex microbial consortium, traditionally exploited through culture-dependent approaches. Recently, the rapid spread of omics technologies has represented an important challenge to better understand the function, the adaptation and the exploitation of microbial diversity in different complex ecosystems, such as table olives. This review provides an overview of the potentiality of omics technologies to in depth investigate the microbial composition and the metabolic processes that drive the table olives fermentation, affecting both sensorial profile and safety properties of the final product. Finally, the review points out the role of omics approaches to raise at higher sophisticated level the investigations on microbial, gene, protein, and metabolite, with huge potential for the integration of table olives composition with functional assessments.

FoodOmics as a new frontier to reveal microbial community and metabolic processes occurring on table olives fermentation

De Angelis M.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Table olives are considered the most widespread fermented food in the Mediterranean area and their consumption is expanding all over the world. This fermented vegetable can be considered as a natural functional food thanks to their high nutritional value and high content of bioactive compounds that contribute to the health and well-being of consumers. The presence of bioactive compounds is strongly influenced by a complex microbial consortium, traditionally exploited through culture-dependent approaches. Recently, the rapid spread of omics technologies has represented an important challenge to better understand the function, the adaptation and the exploitation of microbial diversity in different complex ecosystems, such as table olives. This review provides an overview of the potentiality of omics technologies to in depth investigate the microbial composition and the metabolic processes that drive the table olives fermentation, affecting both sensorial profile and safety properties of the final product. Finally, the review points out the role of omics approaches to raise at higher sophisticated level the investigations on microbial, gene, protein, and metabolite, with huge potential for the integration of table olives composition with functional assessments.
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