The Agricultural and Food Chemistry Journal (JAFC) and the ACS Agrochemicals (AGRO) and Agrochemicals (AGFD) divisions are pleased to announce the winners for 2021 Agricultural and Food Chemistry Journal Awarded Research Article of the Year. This award, which was launched in 2013, recognizes outstanding research achievements in the areas of agrochemicals and food chemistry with the support of the ACS Agrochemicals and Agrochemicals and Food Chemistry Divisions.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! The prizes will be awarded by ACS in autumn 2021. Each prize consists of a fee, a plaque and an invitation to present your research work in a lecture at the symposium sessions of each department.

Winner of the AGRO Division Best Research Article:

Assessment of matrix effects and extraction efficiencies of LC-MS / MS methods as an essential part for the proper validation of multi-class contaminants in compound feed
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.9b07706
By: David Steiner, Rudolf Krska, Alexandra Malachová, Ines Taschl and Michael Sulyok

In this research article, the authors examined the contribution of matrix effects and extraction efficiencies to the overall performance of multiclass LC-MS / MS methods and proposed an appropriate validation protocol for complex feed matrices. The proposed approach is based on artificially produced model matrices that ensure accurate, but not overestimated method performance and better reflect the real conditions of complex feed. Significant analyte- / matrix-dependent differences between the performance criteria for compound feed formulas and straight feed ingredients showed that the requirements of future validation guidelines for feed should be expanded and harmonized.


Winner of the AGFD Division Best Research Article:

Quantitative Dietary Fingerprinting (QDF) – a novel tool for comprehensive nutritional assessment based on urinary nutrimetabolomics
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.8b07023
By: Raúl González-Domínguez, Mireia Urpi-Sarda, Olga Jáuregui, Paul W. Needs, Paul A. Kroon and Cristina Andrés-Lacueva

In this research article, the authors present a new analytical tool for quantitative dietary fingerprinting using urine metabolomics analysis that enables the simultaneous quantification of approximately 350 food-derived metabolites including polyphenols, glucosinolates, amino acids, methylxanthines, alkaloids and markers of alcohol and tobacco consumption . Nutritional assessment is a challenge in nutritional studies, so this method is an important tool for precise nutritional studies and the study of gut microbiota.

Receipt of the Best Research Article Award (AGRO Division) on behalf of all co-authors: Dr. David Steiner

Dr. David Steiner is an analytical chemist and team leader at Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH in Tulln, Austria. He has an MSc. in Nutritional Science and a Ph.D. in food chemistry and biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). During his Ph.D. he developed a unique LC-MS / MS-based multi-class approach for the simultaneous determination of> 1200 agricultural contaminants in complex feed. He carried out this work within the Austrian Competence Center for Feed and Food Quality Safety and Innovation (FFoQSI GmbH). His research interests include toxicology and analytical chemistry with a special focus on mycotoxin analysis to improve food and feed safety.

Receipt of the Best Research Article Award (AGFD Division) on behalf of all co-authors: Prof. Cristina Andrés-Lacueva and Dr. Raúl González-Domínguez

Dr. Cristina Andrés-Lacueva is Full Professor and Icrea Academia Award Winner in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Gastronomy of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science at the University of Barcelona, ​​where she heads the Biomarkers and Nutritional and Food Metabolomics Research Group. Since 2017, Dr. Cristina Andrés-Lacueva Principal Investigator at CIBERFES-isciii, Biomedical Research Network on Frailty and Healthy Aging. Her group works on understanding the qualitative and quantitative relationships between dietary patterns, nutritional phenotypes and risk factors for diet-related chronic diseases.

Dr. Raúl González-Domínguez received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Huelva, Spain, in 2015 and then went to the University of Barcelona as a postdoc as part of the “Juan de la Cierva” program funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. His research interests lie in the development and application of targeted and untargeted metabolomics approaches in food science, epidemiological, nutritional and biomedical research.

Previous award-winning work:


3-chloro-5-trifluoromethylpyridine-2-carboxylic acid, a metabolite of the fungicide fluopyram, causes growth disorders Vitis vinifera
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.8b05567
Transglycosylation forms the novel glycoside ethyl-α-maltoside and ethyl-α-isomaltoside in sake during the brewing process by α-glucosidase A from Aspergillus oryzae
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.9b06936


Bioactivity-controlled metabolite profiling by Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) Cultivars identify 4-cyclopentene-1,3-dione as a potent antifungal inhibitor of chitin synthesis
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.7b06154
Yeast Metabolites of Glycated Amino Acids in Beer
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.8b01329


Identification of the ubiquitous tripeptide antioxidant glutathione as a fruit fly semiochemical
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.7b03164
A Search for CD36 Ligands from Volatile Flavors in Food with an Aldehyde Unit: Identification of saturated aliphatic aldehydes with 9-16 carbon atoms as potential ligands of the receptor
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.7b01890


Quantification of aristolochic acids in maize, wheat grain and soil samples collected in Serbia: Identification of a novel exposure pathway in the etiology of endemic Balkan nephropathy
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.6b02203
Toxicologically relevant aldehydes that are formed during deep-frying are intercepted by food phenols. Phenol
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.jafc.6b02165


Oxyphytosterols as active ingredients in wheat bran suppress the growth of human colon cancer cells: identification, chemical synthesis, and biological evaluation
DOI: 10.1021 / jf506361r
Odor stimuli from various plant species when selecting the host of female pea moths
DOI: 10.1021 / jf505934q


NMR-based metabolomic investigation of the bioactivity of chemical constituents in black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis L.) Fruit extracts
DOI: 10.1021 / jf404998k
Identification of Plant Metabolites of Environmental Pollutants by UPLC-QToF-MS: The In Vitro Metabolism of Triclosan in Horseradish
DOI: 10.1021 / jf404784q


Various phenolic compounds activate distinct human bitter taste receptors
DOI: 10.1021 / jf304198k
Antifungal activity against plant pathogens from metabolites of endophytic fungus Cladosporium cladosporioides
DOI: 10.1021 / jf400212y


Identification of new lignin bioengineering targets: Influence of epicatechin, quercetin glycoside and gallate derivatives on the lignification and fermentation of corn cell walls
DOI: 10.1021 / jf203986a
Human psychometric and taste receptor responses to steviol glycosides
DOI: 10.1021 / jf301297n


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