The quest for finding plant protein alternatives to traditional protein sources (e.g., meat, dairy, eggs and soy) used by the food industry is being driven by consumer demand for healthier choices, population growth, environmental sustainability and regulator influencers. Millet represents a staple food for developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia, and represents rich source of dietary fibre, minerals and B-complex vitamins. In terms of their protein content, levels range between 8-10% by weight.
In this project, the intern (Dr. Dong-Jin Lee; Postdoctoral Fellow) will work at the University of Saskatchewan and at the R&D facility of our industry partners ? Pulse Crops (Canada) Association and PerkinElmer Health Sciences Canada Inc. ? to control the milling processes of selected Canadian pulse and cereal crops to prepare “fine”, “medium”, and “coarse” flours and then measure the functional properties of the obtained flours.
The vision of Own The Podium is for Canada to be a world leader in high performance sport. With this vision comes the required investment into our understanding of how athletes adapt to training and how this understanding can be leveraged to provide our national level athletes a competitive edge on the world stage. This project aims to understand the adaptations that lead to the incredible improvements in aerobic fitness in high-level endurance athletes observed following blood-flow restriction training.
Cattle in commercial farming systems are highly motivated to use brushes to perform grooming and improve coat cleanliness. A change in brushing behavior may also serve as an early indicator of health and welfare problems. Farmers often provide rotating motorized brushes for cows but the currently available devices do not collect any data on which animal is using them and for how long, limiting the use of brushing behavior to inform management decisions.
The global market of marine collagen-added products is tremendously growing, leading to the need for a stable and enormous supply of marine collagen. Atlantic salmon scales and skin are abundant in collagen, however no research has been performed for its extraction. The proposed project will develop an efficient extraction process to maximize the collagen yield, and purify the extracted collagen for its use as the functional ingredient in nutritional supplements and cosmetic products.
Crop models such as the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator integrate multiple disciplines such as plant science, soil science and meteorology to understand crop growth, development, and yields under various production systems. Currently, there are no canola crop models employed in western Canada that can assist growers in simulating the impact extreme weather events may have on canola growth and yields. The objectives of the project are to calibrate and validate APSIM as a canola model in western Canada to evaluate the impact extreme weather events have on canola growth and yield.
This project is a collaboration between a research group from the Food, Nutrition, and Health Department at UBC and the industrial partner Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds. One PhD intern will be trained on diverse types of advanced and sophisticated analytical instruments that are connected to vitamin B12 content measurement, characterizing the bacteria strains and in-vitro bioaccessibility measurement.
The Measday lab at the University of British Columbia Wine Research Centre has been collaborating with Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) winery since 2013 to isolate native yeast strains present in OCP vineyards and winery. OCP is an organic winery and routinely carries out natural grape juice fermentations where no commercial wine strains are inoculated into the tanks to allow the natural microflora present on the grape berries to carry out the fermentation and showcase the terroir of their vineyards.
The research project that will be conducted by the intern will enable the creation of a questionnaire that will later be deployed to the indigenous researcher (and graduate student) community. Most of the activities will involve gathering and analysis information from databases (i.e., Aboriginal People’s Survey) and interviews (and focus groups) to ensure that we are asking the right questions. The aim is to better understand the enablers and constraints facing indigenous researchers in Canada, in order to help design interventions that could boost the former and mitigate the latter.
To date, there is a growing attention to the use of plant-food bioactives in disease prevention. Anthocyanin, a colorful plant pigment extracted from purple and blue color fruits and vegetables has been investigated broadly for its cancer preventive and immunity boosting properties. However, anthocyanin degrade during the conventional food processing conditions such as exposure to high temperature and light. Moreover, the benefits of anthocyanin could reduce due to gastric acid and gut enzymes.