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Chelsea Kerr


MSc candidate, Plant biotechnology

Postharvest storage of loose leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.); nutrient and bioactive levels and potential health benefits.

Supervised by Associate Professor David J. Burritt


Chelsea completed her BAppSc majoring in Molecular Biotechnology with a minor in Botany in 2016 at the University of Otago.

"I am passionate about sustainable food production and the harmful and helpful ways in which the diet can influence human health".

"I am keen to be involved in outreach programmes particularly aimed at Māori communities, this has been influenced by my experience at the Science Wānanga in Hastings in 2017".


Project Outline

Investigating the use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) for the post harvest storage of loose leaf lettuce and the potential to improve the levels bioactive compounds that have health benefits for humans.


University of Otago Māori Master's Scholarship 2018

Pukehou Poutū Award 2018