Contact Dr Esther Garcia Cela
Areas of expertise
Dr Garcia-Cela started working in the area of Applied Mycology research at Lleida University, Catalonia, Spain in 2010 who were a partner in a FP7 project MycoRed (KBBE-2007-2-5-05/222690). More recently, her work was supported by the Spanish Government (project AGL2010-22182-C04-04). Her research focused on the development of different strategies for mycotoxin reduction in food and feed chains, especially by using chemical and vegetable extracts as antifungal compounds. During these studies, both current climatic conditions and conditions predicted by the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) were considered. In 2012, during her PhD studies funded by Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaria i de Recerca (BE-DGR-2012), she had the opportunity to collaborate on a joint venture between Pioneer seeds and the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore of Piacenza, Italy, working in the group led by Prof. Paola Battilani. These studies were focused on the development of a biological control agent against Aspergillus flavus to minimise aflatoxin contamination of maize.
Subsequently, she also worked on another EU project, BASELINE, (Project 22738). There she gained significant experience in the management of risk issues applied to mycotoxin analyses, in particular in relation to the uncertainty of both sampling and analytical chemistry techniques.
At present, she involved in the development of real-time post-harvest environmental monitoring systems for post-harvest management of stored commodities under a Research Fellow in Applied Mycology.
Dr Garcia-Cela has a strong background regarding ecophysiology of moulds and their management along the food chain as well as technical methods for mycotoxin detection and quantification.
She is currently developing work for the H2020 European project: MyToolBox: “Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated Toolbox for Mycotoxin Management”.
Her current key research/interest areas are:
- Ecophysiology and molecular ecology approaches to better understand the functioning of mycotoxigenic fungi, with a current focus on fungal contaminants in cereals and peanuts
- Understanding the role of CO2 production as an early indicator of fungal and pest spoilage on stored commodities as a potential tool for early detection and development of Decision Support Systems (DSS)
- Dry matter losses due to fungal contamination in bulk stored commodities related to the EU legislative limits
- Development of predictive microbiology models.
As part of the Applied Mycology Group, Dr. Garcia-Cela is also contributing to MSc and PhD student supervision and general laboratory management tasks.
Articles In Journals
- Garcia-Cela E, Kiaitsi E, Sulyok M, Krska R, Medina A, Petit Damico I & Magan N (2019) Influence of storage environment on maize grain: CO2 production, dry matter losses and aflatoxins contamination, Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A: Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, 36 (1) 175-185.
- Costa J, Rodríguez R, Garcia-Cela E, Medina A, Magan N, Lima N, Battilani P & Santos C (2019) Overview of fungi and mycotoxin contamination in Capsicum pepper and in Its derivatives, Toxins, 11 (1) Article No. 27.
- Garcia-Cela E, Kiaitsi E, Medina A, Sulyok M, Krska R & Magan N (2018) Interacting environmental stress factors affects targeted metabolomic profiles in stored natural wheat and that inoculated with F. graminearum, Toxins, 10 (2) Article No. 56.
- Mauro A, Garcia-Cela E, Pietri A, Cotty PJ & Battilani P (2018) Biological control products for aflatoxin prevention in Italy: Commercial field evaluation of atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus active ingredients, Toxins, 10 (1) Article No. 30.
- Garcia-Cela E, Kiaitsi E, Sulyok M, Medina A & Magan N (2018) Fusarium graminearum in stored wheat: Use of CO2 production to quantify dry matter losses and relate this to relative risks of Zearalenone contamination under interacting environmental conditions, Toxins, 10 (2) Article No. 86.
- Garcia-Cela E, Verheecke-Vaessen C, Magan N & Medina A (2018) The``-omics’’contributions to the understanding of mycotoxin production under diverse environmental conditions, Current Opinion in Food Science, 23 (October) 97-104.
- Garcia-Cela E, Crespo-Sempere A, Gil-Serna J, Porqueres A & Marin S (2016) Fungal diversity, incidence and mycotoxin contamination in grapes from two agro-climatic Spanish regions with emphasis on Aspergillus species, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 95 (8) 1716-1729.
- Garcia-.Cela E, Marin S, Sanchis V & Crespo.Sempere A and Ramos AJ (2015) Effect of ultraviolet radiation A and B on growth and mycotoxin production by Aspergillus carbonarius and Aspergillus parasiticus in grape and pistachio media, Fungal Biology, 119 (1) 67-78.
- García-Cela E, Marín S, Reyes M, Sanchis V & Ramos AJ (2015) Conidia survival of Aspergillus section Nigri, Flavi and Circumdati under UV‐A and UV‐B radiation with cycling temperature/light regime, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96 (6) 2249-2256. Dataset/s: 10.1002/jsfa.7343
- García-Cela E, crespo-Sempere A, Ramos AJ, Sanchis V & Marin S (2014) Ecophysiological characterization of Aspergillus carbonarius, Aspergillus tubingensis and Aspergillus niger isolated from grapes in Spanish vineyards, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 173 89-98.
- García-Cela E, Ramos AJ, Sanchis V & Marin S (2013) Risk management towards food safety objective achievement regarding to mycotoxins in pistachio: The sampling and measurement uncertainty issue, Food Control, 31 (2) 392-402.
- Garcia-Cela E, Ramos AJ, Sanchis V & Marin S (2012) Emerging risk management metrics in food safety: FSO, PO. How do they apply to the mycotoxin hazard?, Food Control, 25 (2) 797-808.
- Garcia-Cela E, Gil- Serna J, Marin S, Acevedo H, Patiño B & Ramos AJ (2012) Effect of preharvest anti-fungal compounds on Aspergillus steynii and A. carbonarius under fluctuating and extreme environmental conditions, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 159 (2) 167-176.
- García-Cela E, Ramos AJ & Sanchis V and Marin S. (2011) Ochratoxigenic moulds and effectiveness of grape field antifungals in a climatic change scenario, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 92 (7) 1455-1461.
- Garcia D, Garcia-Cela E, Ramos AJ & Sanchis V and Marin S (2011) Mould growth and mycotoxin production as affected by Equisetum arvense and Stevia rebaudiana extracts, Food Control, 22 (8) 1378-1384.