Dr. Ahmad Cheikhyoussef
- BSc: Biology and Biochemistry (Tishreen University, Syria); MSc: Food Science (Southern Yangtze University, China); PhD: Food Science (Jiangnan University, China).
- Ethnobotanical Knowledge: Functional plant ingredients with emphasis on traditional fruits and vegetables which play essential roles in food security, human health and nutrition, and economic welfare of local communities in Namibia. Indigenous fruits and vegetables represent an opportunity for local communities to gain access to specialized markets through value addition. Therefore, research activities include the documentation of the indigenous knowledge (IK) on Namibian traditional fruits & vegetables, phytochemical contents, biological activities, diseases presentation and treatment, nutritional profile and value addition trails to develop new products for the food market in Namibia. - Traditional Foods & Beverages: with special focus on nutrition and safety. More particularly the role of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as protective (bacteriocengenic) starter cultures, with emphasis on probiotic properties. Microbiological contaminants in processing local foods and beverages are also of interest to reduce contamination and ensure food quality and stable shelf life. Great emphasis has been recently laid on the role of traditional food in the health and nutritional status of the people. Most of traditional food have a good proportion of some nutrients and can make a significant contribution to daily nutrient intake. - Functional Ingredients for Industrial Application: In particular the role of enzymes such as laccases, lipases and proteases from different natural sources such as local mushrooms and fungi. Biosurfactants production by lactic acid bacteria and their application in biodegradation and bioremediation. Screening and detection of these enzymes and biosurfactants will open up possibilities for novel discoveries. Characteristics such as heat and pH stability will give us a better understanding on possible potential industrial applications and hence add value to local Namibian sources.