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Dr Aditya Parmar joined Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK as a Crop Postharvest Scientist from the University of Kassel, Germany where he was pursuing his PhD studies. During his PhD studies, he worked in the purview of a GlobE project RELOAD (Reducing Losses and Adding Value in East African Food Value Chains) funded by Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Germany). He was also a full-time holder of DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Research) Grant for Doctoral Candidates. The objective of his work as a PhD student was to fill the existing information and data gap on the scale, pattern and causes of food losses along sweet potato and cassava food value chains in the southern region of Ethiopia.
His research interest lies in the assessment, monitoring and reduction techniques of food losses and wastes along the crop value chains, particularly semi-perishable (roots and tubers) and perishable commodities (fruits and vegetables). He has also worked on morphological identification and management of postharvest storage insects and pests during his work as a PhD student. Along with various postharvest techniques and management practices, he is also keen on looking for preharvest treatments and practices which can improve postharvest quality (nutritional and sensory) and shelf life of agricultural products. Moreover, he also looks forward to working in future on the valorisation of wastes and by-products in food production and processing. As a research fellow at the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, NIFTEM, India he was looking at the options of converting food processing industry wastes and by-products into biochar (an environmentally friendly soil amendment) by conventional pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation techniques.
- Parmar, A., Fikre, A., Sturm, B., & Hensel, O. (2018). Post-harvest management and associated food losses and by-products of cassava in southern Ethiopia. Food Security. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-0774-7
- Parmar, A., Sturm, B., & Hensel, O. (2017). Crops that feed the world: Production and improvement of cassava for food, feed, and industrial uses. Food Security, 9(5), 907–927. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-017-0717-8
- Parmar, A., Kirchner, S. M., Sturm, B., & Hensel, O. (2017). Pre-harvest Curing: Effects on Skin Adhesion, Chemical Composition and Shelf-life of Sweetpotato Roots under Tropical Conditions. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 0(0), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/00128325.2017.1340141
- Parmar, A., Kirchner, S. M., Langguth, H., Döring, T. F., & Hensel, O. (2017). Boxwood borer heterobostrychus brunneus (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) infesting dried cassava: A current record from southern Ethiopia. Journal of Insect Science, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iew106
- Parmar, A., Hensel, O., & Sturm, B. (2017). Post-harvest handling practices and associated food losses and limitations in the sweetpotato value chain of southern Ethiopia. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 80, 65–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2016.12.002
- Parmar, A., Gebre, B., Legesse, A., Demelash, Y., Fladung, K., & Hensel, O. (2017). Nutritional Comparison of White and Red Coccinia Abyssinica (Lam.) Cong. Accessions: An Under-Utilised Edible Tuber of the Ethiopian Highlands. Foods, 6(8), 71. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods6080071
- Parmar, A., Nema, P. K., & Agarwal, T. (2014). Biochar production from agro-food industry residues: A sustainable approach for soil and environmental management. Current Science, 107(10), 1673–1682.