A research article by three Food Science and Technology (FST) alumni of UIC's DST, Liu Yongxiang (graduated in 2017), Cai Chunzhi (graduated in 2016) and Yao Yiliang (graduated in 2019) as the first authors, and Programme Director of FST Prof Xu Baojun as the corresponding author, was selected in the top 0.1% hot papers for Essential Science Indicators (ESI).

Their paper was titled: 'Alternation of phenolic profiles and antioxidant capacities of common buckwheat and tartary buckwheat produced in China upon thermal processing.'

The result was published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in September 2019 and has been cited by scholars domestically and internationally.


The research results show that, compared with ordinary buckwheat, tartary buckwheat has significantly higher polyphenols, flavonoids and antioxidant activity. Steaming or cooking can significantly enhance the polyphenols, flavonoids and antioxidant activity of tartary buckwheat. Compared to roasting and microwaving, steaming or boiling can effectively retain or increase some of the active ingredients, so it is recommended as a food industry processing mode or household consumption method.

During the summer in 2017, Liu Yongxiang stayed at the College's laboratory after graduation so that he could start the research. Once Cai Chunzhi had graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology after earning his Master's Degree, he joined Liu Yongxiang in the project. In 2018, Yao Yiliang wrote the chromatographic analysis of the study to complete the thesis. The corresponding author Prof Xu Baojun, already has had four papers selected as ESI highly cited papers.

This research received funds from Zhuhai Key Laboratory of Agriculture Product Quality and Food Safety.

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(From left) Yao Yiliang, Cai Chunzhi, Liu Yongxiang

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