Event Details

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Large Seminar Room (3.142), Level 3
UQ Location:
Queensland Bioscience Precinct (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Miss Hannah Hardy
334 62092
Org. Unit:
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Event Description

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Everyone knows fruit and vegetables are healthy, and we probably don't eat enough, but can we make them healthier? Increasing the nutrient density is a challenge that has been targeted in developing countries, but much less so in industrialised societies where food is often more than ample. In a society where nutrient supplements or pharmaceuticals are easy to obtain, there is an increasing tendency towards eating better, more healthily, or at least wanting to do so.

Biofortification, or increasing the nutrient density of fruit and vegetables is a target of the Naturally Nutritious project, in which we are developing a range of fruit and vegetables through conventional means with nutrient levels sufficiently enhanced to have an impact on health. Examples include high zeaxanthin sweet-corn for slowing macular degeneration, low-saturated fat macadamias for heart health, high-folate strawberries for neural tube development, and purple sweet-corn and plums for reducing hypertension.

Directions to UQ

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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