Dr. Nuria Prieto

Research Scientist - Meat Quality and Sensory Chemometrics

Dr. Nuria Prieto conducts research to assist the Canadian meat industry with their current vision of determining points of product differentiation, without additional costs for packers and retailers, as a strategy towards increasing national and international competitiveness. The major objectives of Dr. Prieto’s Meat Quality and Sensory Chemometrics program are focused on differentiation of meat and meat products based on quality and sensory attributes, implementation of strategies to produce value-added meat from agriculturally important livestock species, address of meat palatability issues including understanding and control of flavour through technological advances in meat chemistry and chemometrics, and evaluation of non-invasive technologies for rapid assessment of meat quality attributes.

Current research and/or projects

  • Benchmarking Canadian retail beef flavour.
  • Canada's National Beef Quality Audit at Retail and Processing.
  • Alberta Beef Flavour: Utilizing flavour chemistry and sensory methods towards determining the uniqueness of Alberta beef flavour.
  • Novel analytical methods for meat flavour fingerprinting.
  • Classifying Canadian pork based on quality attributes.

Research and/or project statements

  • Generate new knowledge of attributes that differentiate Canadian meat and meat products, while meeting quality and cost requirements, to improve the profitability and competitiveness of the agri-food sector.
  • Improve key meat quality attributes from agriculturally important livestock species.
  • Enhancement of meat palatability, including flavour fingerprinting to identify volatile compounds that allow the rapid and anticipated identification of products with potentially desirable flavours, as well as their monitoring and marketing to target populations.
  • Market-driven quality assessment technologies: development and implementation of new high-throughput technologies for meat quality evaluation.

Professional activities / interests

  • Meat Quality
  • Meat Sensory Evaluation
  • Meat Optoelectronics (e.g. Near Infrared Spectroscopy-NIRS)
  • Bioinformatics

Education and awards

Education

  • 2006   Ph.D. (A with honours) in Animal Production. University of León (Spain).
  • 2004   M.Sc. in Veterinary. University of León (Spain).     
  • 2000   B.Sc. in Biology. University of Salamanca (Spain) and University of Swansea (UK).

Awards

  • 2008     Award of the Royal Academy of Veterinary Sciences “Award of the Distinguished Official College of Veterinarians from Madrid, NEW CAREER FIELDS" by the study “Application of new technologies (NIRS) to characterize beef from a quality brand”.
  • 2007     Award of the Carolina Rodríguez Foundation “Mariano Rodriguez Award for Young Scientists, AREA OF NATURAL AND TECHNICAL SCIENCES" by the study “Characterization of beef produced at the mountains of León: application of new technologies”.

International experience and/or work

  • 2015-Present: Research Scientist - Meat Quality and Sensory Chemometrics. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Lacombe Research and Development Centre. Lacombe, Canada.
  • 2013-2015: Research Associate. University of Alberta. Edmonton, Canada.
  • 2012-2013: Research Assistant. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Lacombe Research and Development Centre. Lacombe, Canada.
  • 2009-2012: Research Scientist. Spanish National Research Council-University of León. León, Spain.
  • 2007-2009: Post-doctoral Fellow. Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2006-2007: Research Assistant. Spanish National Research Council-University of León. León Spain.
  • 2002-2006: Ph.D. Fellowship. Spanish National Research Council-University of León, Spain.
  • 2000-2002: Ph.D. Fellowship. Institute of Biotechnology, INBIOTEC. León, Spain.
  • 2000: Graduate Student Research Assistant. Water-treatment plant, AQUAGEST. Zamora, Spain.
  • 1999-2000: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant. University of Salamanca. Salamanca, Spain.

Key publications

  1. Effect of in-the bag dry ageing on the flavour profile of beef low value cuts. L. Evasiuk, J. L. Aalhus, O. Lopez-­Campos, I. L. Larsen, N. Prieto. Proceedings of International Congress of Meat Science and Reciprocal Meat Conference. Number 50 August 2020

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  2. PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS OF THE MULTIVARIATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OXIDATION
    PRODUCTS AND COLOR ATTRIBUTES IN BISON LONGISSIMUS LUMBORUM AND PSOAS MAJOR MUSCLES. M. M. Hasan, V. Sood, C. Erkinbaev, J. Paliwal, S. Suman, N. Prieto, A. R. Rodas-­Gonzalez. Proceedings of International Congress of Meat Science and Reciprocal Meat Conference. Number 191 August 2020

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  3. Potential of visible and near infrared spectroscopy to authenticate barley finished beef. W. Barragan, J. L. Aalhus, G. B. Penner, M. E. Dugan, M. Juarez, O. Lopez-­Campos, P. Vahmani, J. Segura, J. Angulo, N. Prieto. Proceedings of International Congress of Meat Science and Reciprocal Meat Conference. Number 156 August 2020

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  4. Effect of country of origin and cooking endpoint temperature on the flavour profile of beef. N. Prieto, J. L. Aalhus, I. L. Larsen, Z. Pietrasik, N. J. Gaudett. Proceedings of International Congress of Meat Science and Reciprocal Meat Conference. Number 64 August 2020

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  5. Juarez, M., Horcada, A., Prieto, N., Roberts, J.C., Dugan, M.E.R., Lopez-Campos, O, Uttaro, B., Larsen, I.L., Hosford, S., Galbraith J., Aalhus J.L. 2017 Guaranteeing Canadian lamb meat quality using near infrared spectroscopy on intact rack. Can J Anim Sci. 98: 390-393. doi:10.1139/CJAS-2017-0106

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  6. Prieto N, Dugan MER, Vahmani P, Rolland DC, Aalhus JL (2018) Using blood near infrared spectra from steers to classify fat and meat samples with low or high levels of vaccenic acid. NIR news 29 (2):10-13. doi:10.1177/0960336017751466

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  7. Juárez, M., Roberts, J.C., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Aalhus, J.L. (2018). Focusing on phenomics to unlock the potential of livestock genomics, 13 http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PAVSNNR201813019

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  8. Juárez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Gariépy, C., Aalhus, J.L. (2017). Relative contribution of breed, slaughter weight, sex, and diet to the fatty acid composition of differentiated pork, 97(3), 395-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/CJAS-2016-0103

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  9. Prieto, N., M.E.R. Dugan, I.L. Larsen, P. Vahmani, J.L. Aalhus. 2017 Palatability of beef from cattle fed extruded flaxseed before hay or mixed with hay. Meat and Muscle Biology. DOI: 10.22175/mmb2017.04.0026.

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  10. Vahmani, P., Aalhus, J.L., Rolland, D.C., McAllister, T.A., Prieto, N., Block, H.C., Proctor, S.D., Guan, L.L., Dugan, M.E.R. (2017). Sequential Feeding of Lipid Supplement Enriches Beef Adipose Tissues with 18:3n-3 Biohydrogenation Intermediates, 52(7), 641-649. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11745-017-4259-9

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  11. Dugan, M., López-Campos, O., Aalhus, J.L., Vahmani, P., Prieto, N., Juárez, M., McAllister, T., Stanford, K. Lamb fat composition: the good, the not so good and possibilities for the future. N’ewesletters Winter 2017.

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  12. Vahmani, P., D. C. Rolland, T. A. McAllister, H. C. Block, S. D. Proctor, L. L. Guan, N. Prieto, J. L. Aalhus, and M. E. R. Dugan. 2016. 1306 Feeding steers extruded flaxseed and hay in a total mixed ration or sequentially can have substantial effects on beef fat polyunsaturated fatty acids and biohydrogenation intermediates.. J. Anim. Sci. 94(Suppl5):629-630. doi:10.2527/jam2016-1306

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  13. López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Prieto, N., Juarez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluation of total lean and saleable meat yield prediction equations and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry for a rapid, non-invasive yield prediction in beef. In Proceedings of the 96th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council. Ottawa, Canada.

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  14. SIM detection and quantification of MIB & Geosmin in trout using SBSE-GC-MS

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  15. Juarez, M., Lopez Campos, O., Prieto, N., Hosford, S., Galbraith, J., Uttaro, B., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluating alternative lamb carcass classification systems in Canada. Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter.

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  16. López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Prieto, N., Juarez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluation of total lean and saleable meat yield prediction equations and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry for a rapid, non-invasive yield prediction in beef. In Proceedings of the 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference. San Angelo, Texas.

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  17. Zhang, H., Aalhus, J.L., Gariépy, C., Uttaro, B., López-Campos, O., Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R., Jin, Y., Juárez, M. (2016). Effects of pork differentiation strategies in Canada on pig performance and carcass characteristics, 96(4), 512-523. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2015-0197

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  18. Vahmani, P., Rolland, D. C., McAllister, T. A., Block, H. C., Proctor, S. D., Guan, L. L., Prieto, N. P., Aalhus, J.L. & Dugan, M. E. R. (2016). Feeding steers hay with extruded flaxseed together or sequentially has a profound effect on erythrocyte trans 11-18: 1 (vaccenic acid). Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 96(3), 299-301.

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  19. López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Aalhus, J. L., & Dugan, M. E. 2016. Feeding for carcass value: grading system implications. In Proceedings of the London Swine Conference: A platform for success, April 5th and 6th, 2016, London, Ontario, Canada (pp. 157-166). London Swine Conference.

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  20. Vahmani, P., Rolland, D.C., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Proctor, S.D., Guan, L.L., Prieto, N., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R. (2016). Feeding steers hay with extruded flaxseed together or sequentially has a profound effect on erythrocyte trans 11-18:1 (vaccenic acid), 96(3), 299-301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2016-0017

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Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada

Affiliations

Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) - Director Western Canada & Chair of the Website and Electronic Communications Committee.

 

 

Language

English

Other languages

Spanish