Jenny Plumb

Research Scientist

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Food Databanks National Capability

A Research Scientist within the Food Databanks team, providing new and updated data and knowledge on food composition and intake. I have a long history in working in areas of food and nutrition at the Institute, starting as an analytical chemist, then on to the Consumer Sciences department where I worked on using smart card technology to monitor the eating habits, and nutritional significance, of children in their school meal choices, lastly to Food Databanks.

I am database manager for eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Plants Information System), an online database containing quality evaluated compositional a data for bioactives in major European plant-based foods. This database is accessed by researchers in academia and industry in the UK, Europe and globally. We are in the process of connecting our nutrient data with bioactive composition data from the eBASIS database, which will allow, for the first-time dietary intake assessment of bioactives to be estimated alongside nutrients.

Communication of outcomes of science via training, website and social media, is becoming very important and I have responsibly in preparing blogs, tweets and facebook posts on the subjects of food composition, diet, nutrition and health. I regularly participate in public engagement activities, locally and nationally. I love the buzz of science communication.

Key Publications

Traka, M.H., Plumb, J., Berry, R., Pinchen, H. and Finglas, P.M. (2020), Maintaining and updating food composition datasets for multiple users and novel technologies: Current challenges from a UK perspective. Nutr Bull, 45: 230-240.

Plumb J, Durazzo A, Lucarini M, Camilli E, Turrini A, Marletta L, Finglas P. Extractable and Non-Extractable Antioxidants Composition in the eBASIS Database: A Key Tool for Dietary Assessment in Human Health and Disease Research. Nutrients. 2020 Nov 6;12(11):3405.

J Plumb, S Pigat, F Bompola, MCushen, H Pinchen, E Nørby, S Astley, J Lyons, M Kiely and P Finglas  (2017) eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems) and Bioactive Intakes: Major Updates of the Bioactive Compound Composition and Beneficial Bioeffects Database and the Development of a Probabilistic Model to Assess Intakes in Europe Nutrients 2017, 9(4), 320;

Plumb J, Lyons J, Nørby K, Thomas M, Nørby E, Poms R, Bucchini L, Restani P, Kiely M, Finglas P. (2016) ePlantLIBRA: A composition and biological activity database for bioactive compounds in plant food supplements. Food Chemistry. 193, 121-1277.

Lambert N., Plumb J., Looise B., Johnson I. T., Harvey I., Wheeler C., Robinson M., Rolfe P.(2005) Using smart card technology to monitor the eating habits of children in a school cafeteria: 2. The nutrient contents of all meals chosen by a group of 8- to 11-year-old boys over 78 days Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 18 255-265

Plumb J,Durazzo A,Lucarini M,Camilli E,Turrini A,Marletta L,Finglas P. (2020)

Extractable and non-extractable antioxidants composition in the eBASIS database: a key tool for dietary assessment in human health and disease research.

Nutrients, Special Issue: Dietary Assessment in Human Health and Disease, 12(11), 3045

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Livingstone T. L., Beasy G., Mills R. D., Plumb J., Needs P. W., Mithen R., Traka M. H.. (2019)

Plant Bioactives and the Prevention of Prostate Cancer: Evidence from Human Studies


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Plumb J., Pinchen H., Lyons J., Pigat S., Bompola F., Cushen M., Nørby E., Astley S., Kiely M., Finglas P.. (2017)

eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information System) and Bioactive Intakes: Major updates of the Bioactive Compound Composition and Beneficial Bioeffects Database and the Development of a Probabilistic Model to Assess Intakes in Europe

Nutrients, Nutrients 2017, 9(4), 320, Nutrients 2017, 9(4), 320

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Uusitalo L., Salmenhaara M., Isoniemi M., Garcia-Alvarez A., Serra-Majem L., Ribas-Barbab L., Finglas P. M., Plumb J., Tuominen P., Savela K.. (2016)

Intake of selected bioactive compounds from plant food supplements containing fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) among Finnish consumers

Food Chemistry, 194, 619-625

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Plumb J., Lyons J., Nørby K., Thomas M., Nørby E., Poms R., Restani P., Kiely M., Finglas P. M.. (2016)

ePlantLIBRA: a composition and biological activity database for bioactive compounds in plant food supplements

Food Chemistry, 193, 121

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Di Lorenzo C., Kupferschmidt H., De Souza Nascimento E., Dos Santos A., Ceschi A., Lüde S., Colombi F., Frigerio G., Nørby K., Plumb J., Finglas P. M., Restani P.. (2014)

Adverse effects to Plant Food Supplements and Botanical Preparation: A systematic Review with Critical Evaluation of Causality

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

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Plumb J. A., Rhodes M. J. C., Lampi A. M., Buchgraber M., Kroon P. A.. (2011)

Phytosterols in plant foods: exploring contents, data distribution and aggregated values using an online bioactives database.

Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 24, 1024-1031

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