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Food Science Department showcase our research at the 2017 NZIFST conference

Friday, 7 July 2017 11:11am

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) holds an Annual conference where the food and beverage industry and research establishment members come together to share their knowledge and ideas, networking and forming potential collaborations for the future.

The 2017 NZIFST conference is a 3 day event being held this week in Nelson. Most of our Academic staff have attended with a number of Postgraduate students. The event is a mixture of seminars, workshops and presentations and is a highlight in the Food Science calendar.

Claudia Clarkson, Aswathi Soni, Victoria Purdy and Dr Aladin Bekhit all winning presenters at the 2017 NZIFST coonference

(from far left)  Winners Claudia Clarkson, Aswathi Soni, Dr Aaa El-Din Bekhit and Victoria Purdy

This year the following departmental students and staff member's Oral or Poster abstracts were accepted for presentation:

Oral Abstracts

'Enhancing bioactive extraction using Pulsed Electric Field processing' - Professor Indrawati Oey   

'From fingerprinting to kinetics: insight into food quality changes' - Dr Biniam Kebede

'Marine waste utilisation: state of the art' - Dr Alaa El din Bekhit

'From runny to frothy: Toward the enzymatic production of foams from milk proteins' - Dr Dominic Agyei

'Pulsed electric field-induced tissue structure changes produce healthier kumara chips' - Tingting (Lily) Liu (PhD)

To read the full list of Oral Abstracts please visit the NZIFST Oral abstract programme

Student Poster Competition Abstracts

'The effect of food structure and distribution of aroma compounds and their impact on sensory perception' - presented by Ashly A. Kumar (PGDipSci in Food Science)

'Identification of odour active compounds in New Zealand honeys' - presented by Adam Rowe (MSc Thesis only)

'Germination in Bacillus cereus spores in response to heat and germinants' - presented by Aswathi Soni (PhD)

'Proximate composition and protein functionality of extracted locust powder and the key factors affecting consumer acceptance of its use as an ingredient' - presented by Claudia Clarkson (Honours in Food Science)

'Analysis of New Zealand hop cultivars using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and chemometrics' - presented by Victoria Purdy (Honours in Food Science)

'Extraction and antioxidant activity of polyhydroxyl naphthoquinone pigments from New Zealand kina (Evechinus chloroticus) shell' - presented by Yakun Hou (PhD)

General Abstracts

'Extraction of bioactive compounds from New Zealand asparagus (a.officinalis) roots using novel technologies' - presented by Dr Alaa El-Din Bekhit

'Thermal solubility of PEF-treated connective tissue isolated from brisket' - presented by Amali Alahakoon (PhD)

'Predicting the release of bioactive peptides from dairy proteins: an in silico study' - presented by Dr Dominic Agyei

'An assessment of the potential environmental impact of an integrated subcritical lipid hydrolysis and supercritical esterification process for biodiesel production' - presented by Assoc. Professor John Birch

'Consumer insights on the best ways to communicate New Zealand’s food safety message to Chinese consumers' - presented by Yang (SunnyAswathi Soni presenting poster at NZ Food Safety Conference 2017) Liu (MSc Thesis only)

To read the full list of Poster Abstracts please visit the NZIFST Poster abstract programme

Congratulations to Claudia Clarkson for winning the Student essay writing, Aswathi Soni for coming 1st and Victoria Purdy for coming 2nd for their student poster presentations.

A second win in just a few days for Aswathi Soni who came 2nd a few days before with her presentation on Bacillus spores in egg white at the NZ Food Safety Conference in Nelson (see photo).

Also, another congratulations from the whole department to Dr Alaa El-din Bekhit for being awarded a Fellowship by the NZIFST for his contributions to Food Science!