Optimization of rice and other protein based extrusion encapsulation

The proposed project deals with the extrusion encapsulation of bioactive components using rice and corn protein based food matrix. It is well recognized that the performance properties of natural lake pigment encapsulated products are influenced by the structural properties of the matrix protein used for the extrusion encapsulation. The type, mixture and nature of proteins can have a significant effect on the extrusion encapsulated product as well as its functionality. Significant changes in the product properties can be expected due to the difference in the manufacturing steps.

Against the Grain: The nutritional impact of dietary gluten avoidance in the Canadian population

Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergies and dietary gluten avoidance for other reasons appear to be on the rise in Canada. However, prior to the recently released Canadian Community Health Survey, there has never been an opportunity to investigate dietary gluten avoidance using recent, representative survey data collected throughout Canada. It is important to know the burden of gluten avoidance in Canada and who is affected to advocate for resources.

Formulating a novel goat-whey based drink and studying its nutritional and health functions - Year two

This project will create novel goat milk-based products and test their health effects in healthy adults. Interest in goat milk is increasing, mainly due to two market trends: consumers’ new taste trends for niche/ethnic products, and the perception of goat milk having added health properties. Goat milk is perceived as having intestinal anti-inflammatory effects and improved digestive properties compared to bovine milk, due to the unique functionalities of its oligosaccharides and triglycerides.

Developing octenyl succinic maltodextrins as replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in molded fiber bowls

In this Mitacs proposal, the Carbohydrate Chemistry and Utilization Program at the University of Saskatchewan (Usask) aims to collaborate with a leading producer of compostable molded fiber bowls ? SustainaPulp Canada Inc. ? to develop replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in their products. The alternatives will be prepared from maltodextrins, a common food ingredient that is generated from starch. The maltodextrin-based replacements will be produced at the Usask, and their performance in molded fiber bowls will be assessed by the partner organization.

Shiga-toxigenic E. coli persistence mechanisms and surface biofilm detection using near-infrared spectroscopy on beef processing facilities

Contamination of beef by Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) is a major problem affecting the North American Beef Industry. Environmental cross-contamination, among other contamination sources, has been shown to play an essential role in meat adulteration.

Assessing Harvest and Post Harvest Fruit Quality in Blueberry

Blueberry is a soft fruit species for which consumption has increased drastically in the last two decades. The rapid increase in consumption is mainly driven by the health benefits and pleasant flavour of the fruit. However, consumers assess fruit quality in terms of flavour, texture and aroma and use these features as the main criteria for purchasing product. Nonetheless, there is a lack of study for these quality traits for blueberry at harvest and post harvest stages.

Development and optimization of a food based delivery system for cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol

In early 2020, cannabis edibles will be introduced into the Canadian markets. Although these products will offer a safer alternative to smoking or vaping cannabis, they can still pose certain health risks to consumers and must be controlled for dosage and stability over the product’s entire shelf life. This research project centers on developing a method to introduce cannabis into food or beverages in a safe and stable manner. Many methods for suspending cannabis will be rigorously tested before the best technique, or combination of best techniques is chosen.

Advancing Hemp Bioscience: Marker-assisted selection of plants and development of natural health products

Among more than 470 different active compounds found in Cannabis family, there are several medicaments, which in contrary to other compounds in Cannabis plants, they do not produce a mentally altered state or any type of ecstatic ?high / psychedelic (hallucinogenic) effect.? Instead, their main purpose lies in their wide variety of therapeutic uses in many cases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer?s disease, Parkinson?s disease, chronic pain and migraines.

Development and validation of a pipeline for a clinical Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) test for detection of a rare genetic sterol disorder influencing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels are gaining popularity thanks to the high-throughput capability of sequencing technology and low cost per sample. In this study, we aim to validate the performance of a NGS panel for detection of a rare genetic sterol disorder, and to assess the utility of a prediction model to identify a combination of single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with lowering effect of plant sterols in lowdensity lipoproteins cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations in individuals with a rare sterol disorder.

Determination and characterization of plant fungi in greenhouse bell peppers

Bell pepper (Capsicum annum L.) is one of the most profitable greenhouse vegetable crops in Canada. Over 12 million square feet of greenhouse has been established to cultivate bell peppers in British Columbia alone. In this project, Randhawa Farms Ltd. and University of British Columbia aim to collectively determine and characterization of fungal species in greenhouse bell peppers harvested in different places in Canada. Specifically, the fungal communities of bell peppers will be determined using amplicon-metagenomic analysis.

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