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Food Waste Innovation Theme Researcher Pat Silcock reports on the science of why some leftovers taste better

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 2:57pm

If you firmly believe lasagne, bolognese, curry or stew tastes better after sitting for a day or two, science has your back, said Pat Silcock, manager of the Product and Development Research Centre at Otago University’s Department of Food Science. In this article he explains why.

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Video recording by Theme Director on Food waste in Aotearoa… the opportunities and solutions

Friday, 31 July 2020 1:12pm

Theme Director Miranda Mirosa presents on food waste as part of the NZ Food Safety Science Research Centre’s Food Science Seminar Spotlight Presentations.

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International Solid Waste Association Conference competition win for Food Waste Innovation Committee member

Saturday, 18 July 2020 3:59pm

Ms. Francesca Goodman-Smith was the third winner at this online international conference in July for her paper titled “Understanding the effect of dining and motivational factors on out-of-home consumer food waste”.

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New Zealanders needed to investigate link between COVID-19 and smell loss

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 12:47pm

New Zealanders who have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of the virus are being urged to participate in two surveys – a global and national one - that aim to better understand how COVID-19 impacts a patient’s loss of taste and smell.

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Consumers should cut down food waste: Otago study

Monday, 30 March 2020 10:32am

More than three quarters of New Zealand’s retail food waste is being saved from landfill, in stark contrast to Kiwi households, Otago researchers say.

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Otago scientist joins international COVID-19 consortium to investigate sensory systems

Friday, 27 March 2020 3:32pm

The fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic has seen the international scientific community rallying to detect, understand and combat this global threat.

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Food waste champions coalition launched

Monday, 23 March 2020 9:55am

New Zealand's food waste champions have formed a coalition to halve New Zealand's food waste by 2030.

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Food waste report for Parliamentary Environmental Committee

Thursday, 12 March 2020 4:58pm

Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa, Director of Food Waste Innovation, recently served as independent specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Environmental Committee during investigations into New Zealand's food waste.

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Greater effort, education needed to combat food waste

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 2:40pm

In the Otago Daily Times, reporter Charmian Smith interviews Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa about food waste research and the innovations industry, organisations and communities could consider.

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2020 Harraways Visiting Professor named

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:43am

A world-class food engineering educator and researcher has been named this year’s Harraways 1867 Visiting Professor as a guest of the University of Otago.

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Six rising research stars celebrated in annual awards

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:58am

Six researchers whose work covers everything from ancient dolphin teeth to the management of obesity have been recognised by the University of Otago.

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Estimating calorie content not clear-cut for all – Otago study

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 9:30am

We make food decisions several times a day – from what time we eat to how much – but a new University of Otago study has found we are not very good at judging the energy-density of what we consume.