Contact Dr Andrea Patriarca
Areas of expertise
- Food Quality
- Food Safety
Dr Andrea Patriarca is an experienced researcher in Food Mycology. She applies her chemical and biological background in reducing food spoilage and mycotoxin contamination of crops and processed food.
Dr Andrea Patriarca completed her BSc and PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been an Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires since 2014, where she started her teaching and research career in 1997. She joined Cranfield University in 2023 as Lecturer in Food Mycology.
As a postdoctoral student, she performed research stays in University of Lleida, Spain; Technical University of Denmark; Cranfield University; obtaining grants and awards from Fundación Carolina (Spain) & Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Argentina) (2010), CONICET Young Researchers External Fellowships (2011), Thalmann Program, University of Buenos Aires (2013), Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (2014).
She is a member of the Argentinean National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) since 2008, currently in the category of Independent Researcher, and the Head of the Food Mycology research group at the University of Buenos Aires and the Institute of Mycology and Botany (INMIBO, CONICET).
Dr Patriarca is a partner of MYTOX-SOUTH, an international cooperation
network on mycotoxin research. She has been selected for the 2023-2027 expert roster of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives.
PhD projects are currently available for motivated externally-funded or self-funded students. Applicants are invited to contact me to discuss research objectives and areas of interest.
Dr Patriarca has focused her research on fungal spoilage of crops and processed food, mycotoxigenic fungi, fungal taxonomy and ecophysiology, secondary metabolite production, fungal plant pathology, crop diseases, and prevention strategies to minimise food contamination.
Her recent studies focus on fungi contaminating crops in pre- and postharvest stages, following their prevalence and toxigenic metabolites throughout the food chain.
In the last decade, her main projects have dealt on Alternaria and Fusarium contamination of cereals and vegetables. These involved the characterization of fungal populations from crops through a polyphasic approach, combining taxonomic, molecular and metabolomic data, with emphasis on toxigenic species, understanding how environmental factors affect mycotoxin accumulation, the role of climate change scenarios, and the risk assessment of mycotoxin contamination in key food chains. She is currently an international reference on Alternaria taxonomy, its secondary metabolite profile, plant diseases associated with this genus, and the natural occurrence of its mycotoxins.
She collaborates with food industries to reduce the risk of mycotoxins in their products through a holistic approach from field to processing. She provides consultancy to food companies and agricultural producers on problems related to fungal spoilage and mycotoxin contamination.
Her current key research areas are:
- Identification of fungal agents of fruit and vegetable disease.
- Polyphasic approach for the characterization of food spoilage and toxigenic fungi.
- Comprehensive approach from field to fork to reduce mycotoxin contamination.
- Effect of processing on mycotoxin incidence in food.
- Development of rapid techniques for mycotoxins detection.
- Environmentally friendly techniques to reduce fungal spoilage and mycotoxin contamination.
- Waste management and conversion into profitable by-products with a food safety approach.
Dr Patriarca has extensive experience in course development and teaching at BSc and MSc levels in Food Microbiology, Food Mycology, and Mycotoxicology. She has supervised postdoctoral, PhD and MSc students on food mycology, toxigenic fungi, mycotoxins, and food safety. She has been an internal and external examiner for postgraduate students in Universities from Argentina and Europe.
publications are listed below, for a full publications list please follow the
- General Mills Argentina
- Molinos Rio de la Plata
- Chr. Hansen Argentina
- Tetra Pak Argentina
- Unilever Argentina
Articles In Journals
- Pavicich MA, De Boevre M, Vidal A, Mikula H, Warth B, Marko D, De Saeger S & Patriarca A (2023) Natural occurrence, exposure assessment & risk characterization of Alternaria mycotoxins in apple by‑products in Argentina, Exposure and Health, Available online 3 April 2023.
- Maldonado Haro ML, Cabrera G, Fernández Pinto V & Patriarca A (2023) Alternaria toxins in tomato products from the Argentinean market, Food Control, 147 Article No. 109607.
- Ramírez Albuquerque D, Patriarca A & Fernández Pinto V (2022) Water activity influence on the simultaneous production of DON, 3-ADON and 15-ADON by a strain of Fusarium graminearum ss of 15-ADON genotype, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 373 (July) Article No. 109721.
- Pavicich MA, Nielsen KF & Patriarca A (2022) Morphological and chemical characterization of Alternaria populations from apple fruit, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 379 (October) Article No. 109842.
- Maldonado ML, Patriarca A, Mc Cargo P, Iannone L, Sanchis V, Nielsen KF & Pinto VF (2022) Diversity and metabolomic characterization of Penicillium expansum isolated from apples grown in Argentina and Spain, Fungal Biology, 126 (9) 547-555.
- Pavicich MA Patriarca A (2022) Alternaria in apples: the hidden menace, International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation, 8 (2-3) 104-124.
- Castañares E, da Cruz Cabral L, Dinolfo MI, Andersen B, Stenglein SA & Patriarca A (2021) Alternaria in malting barley: Characterization and distribution in relation with climatic conditions and barley cultivars, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 357 (November) Article No. 109367.
- Medina R, Franco MEE, da Cruz Cabral L, Bahima JV, Patriarca A, Balatti PA & Saparrat MCN (2021) The secondary metabolites profile of Stemphylium lycopersici, the causal agent of tomato grey leaf spot, is complex and includes host and non-host specific toxins, Australasian Plant Pathology, 50 (1) 105-115.
- da Cruz Cabral L, Rodríguez A, Andrade MJ, Patriarca A & Delgado J (2021) Effect of Debaryomyces hansenii and the antifungal PgAFP protein on Alternaria spp. growth, toxin production, and RHO1 gene expression in a tomato-based medium, Food Microbiology, 97 (August) Article No. 103741.
- Ramírez Albuquerque D, Patriarca A & Fernández Pinto V (2021) Can discrepancies between Fusarium graminearum trichothecene genotype and chemotype be explained by the influence of temperature in the relative production of 3-ADON and 15-ADON?, Fungal Biology, 125 (2) 153-159.
- Castañares E, Pavicich MA, Dinolfo MI, Moreyra F, Stenglein SA & Patriarca A (2020) Natural occurrence of Alternaria mycotoxins in malting barley grains in the main producing region of Argentina, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 100 (3) 1004-1011.
- Pavicich MA, Cárdenas P, Pose GN, Fernández Pinto V & Patriarca A (2020) From field to process: How storage selects toxigenic Alternaria spp. causing mouldy core in Red Delicious apples, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 322 (June) Article No. 108575.
- Pavicich MA, De Boevre M, Vidal A, Iturmendi F, Mikula H, Warth B, Marko D, De Saeger S & Patriarca A (2020) Fate of free and modified Alternaria mycotoxins during the production of apple concentrates, Food Control, 118 (December) Article No. 107388.
- da Cruz Cabral L, Rodríguez A, Delgado J & Patriarca A (2019) Understanding the effect of postharvest tomato temperatures on two toxigenic Alternaria spp. strains: growth, mycotoxins and cell-wall integrity-related gene expression, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 99 (15) 6689-6695.
- Patriarca A, da Cruz Cabral L, Pavicich MA, Nielsen KF & Andersen B (2019) Secondary metabolite profiles of small-spored Alternaria support the new phylogenetic organization of the genus, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 291 135-143.
- Patriarca A (2019) Fungi and mycotoxin problems in the apple industry, Current Opinion in Food Science, 29 42-47.
- da Cruz Cabral L, Delgado J, Patriarca A & Rodríguez A (2019) Differential response to synthetic and natural antifungals by Alternaria tenuissima in wheat simulating media: Growth, mycotoxin production and expression of a gene related to cell wall integrity, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 292 48-55.
- Greco M, Pardo A, Pose G & Patriarca A (2018) Effect of water activity and temperature on the growth of Eurotium species isolated from animal feeds Efecto de la actividad del agua y la temperatura en el crecimiento de especies de Eurotium aisladas de alimentos para animales, Revista Iberoamericana de Micologia, 35 (1) 39-48.
- Patriarca A & Fernandez Pinto V (2018) Alternaria. In: Reference Module in Food Science, Elsevier.
- Fernandez Pinto V & Patriarca A (2017) Alternaria species and their associated mycotoxins. In: Mycotoxigenic Fungi: Methods and Protocols. Series Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer, p. 13-32.
- Rodríguez Jiménez A, Patriarca A, Rodríguez M, Andrade MJ & Córdoba JJ (2017) Alternaria. In: Laboratory Models for Foodborne Infections. Food Microbiology Series, Taylor & Francis, p. 441-454.