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Keeping Food Fresh for Longer: Challenges & Solutions – Podcast and Slidecast

On the 23rd of September, Amanda Able presented a talk on Keeping Food Fresh for Longer. You can listen to the audio recording, or watch the slidecast below.

In order to keep Dr Amanda Ablehorticultural produce fresh for longer, members of the supply chain have various post-harvest solutions available to them. However the effectiveness of these technologies is reliant upon an understanding of the physiology of the produce.

The laboratory of Dr Amanda J. Able at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus focuses upon gaining this understanding and the development of suitable post-harvest technologies.

Current research includes:

  • Developing the use of the ethylene action inhibitor, 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), as a tool to extend shelf life of banana and determining the impact of 1-MCP on aroma, volatiles and consumer acceptability
  • Understanding why capsicum does not ripen when harvested green
  • The effect of Ca and B application (pre- and post-harvest) on the development of grey mould
  • The effect of 1-MCP and controlled atmosphere storage on health qualities of apples (such as antioxidant content).

However, there is a real need to link post-harvest technology with an increase in the long term benefits that could be derived from food (especially for human health). The Able laboratory is now seeking to examine the impact of post-harvest technologies on bioactive compounds, their bioavailability and impact on human health.

Molecular Techniques DVD – Product Launch

Today we celebrated the launch of a DVD on molecular biology “Introduction to Molecular Techniques: Theory and Practice”.

Molecular Techniques - Product Launch - Dr Heather Bray, Dr Amanda Able, Professor Bob Bill, Professor James McWha

“In an Australian first; scientists from industry, University and the vocational sector have collaborated to produce an educational DVD presenting the techniques and applications of molecular biology in a practical way. The DVD introduces the theory of common methods and protocols used in laboratories using animations, before demonstrating the complex techniques step-by-step in the laboratory.”

To buy a copy of the DVD please visit www.moleculartechniques.com.au