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From the Director
The important role of food and food ingredients to our health and well being is becoming a major focus in our community. Functional foods can provide health benefits above basic sustenance, examples of which can be seen in many of the foods we eat today containing added calcium, oils and other nutrients. Read more.
New and modified breeding systems are being developed for Australia’s northern beef herds to increase the cattle productivity and quality.
Australia is one of the world’s largest meat and livestock exporters, with beef accounting for around three-quarters of export value. It is imperative that the Australian industry maintains its leadership role, increases productivity and leads research for innovative breeding technologies. Read more.
Take three times a day
Learning more about what we eat is increasingly being seen as a key to fighting chronic disease.
Functional foods are foods that can provide a health benefit above and beyond basic sustenance. This already includes fruit juices enriched with calcium, bread enhanced with omega-3 oils, or foods that actively fight against diseases such as diabetes. Read more.
DNA fingerprinting for superior prawns
Prawns, like most aquaculture species, are great candidates for achieving rapid gains through selective breeding. Their high fecundity generates a broad gene pool from which to select elite performers.
Tracking the pedigree and relative performance of individual prawn families in farm ponds, however, can be quite a challenge. Read more.
Chilean President visits CSIRO
The President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos Escobar visited CSIRO Discovery Centre and Plant Industry laboratories at Black Mountain in Canberra in July this year. The President expressed an interest in finding out more about Australia’s research in plant biotechnology during his three day state visit. He was welcomed by CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Garrett, Food Futures Flagship Director, Dr Bruce Lee and Deputy Chief of Plant Industry, Professor TJ Higgins. Read more.
Bridging the fibre gap
The type of fibre we eat may be far more important than the quantity alone.
message was presented by a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Food Futures
and Preventative Health Flagships, Dr David Topping at “Making Fiber
Irresistible!,” a conference held in Chicago recently.
The art of microencapsulation
To deliver health-giving substances in food it is important that they reach the right part of the body. One way of doing this is through microencapsulation - the packaging of small particles of solid, liquid or gas within a secondary material and delivering them in small particles. Microencapsulation is part of the suite of research initiatives in Food Futures Flagship’s Innovative Processing portfolio. Read more.
Young Food Futures scientists awarded
Muren Herrid and Jeanette Olejnik from the Bovine Germ Cell Transfer project (Food Futures Beef Breed Engineering stream and CSIRO Livestock Industries, Armidale) were the recipients of awards for their presentations at the recent 36th Annual Australian Society for Reproductive Biology Conference in Perth in August. Read more.
IN THIS EDITION:
MEET THE SCIENTIST:
Dr Gregory Harper was recently appointed to the key position of Theme Leader, Breed Engineering in the Food Futures Flagship.
The Food Futures Flagship is a CSIRO initiative and part of the National Research Flagships program that aims to deliver scientific solutions to advance Australia's most important national objectives. One of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia, it aligns closely with the Federal Government's National Research Priorities. The initiative brings together our national research resources to deliver breakthroughs in fields ranging from healthcare to light metals and the environment.
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