The spotlight is on sweet sorghum as a new study shows the crop's huge potential as a source of energy, food and animal feed. While the crop has received global interest, little research has been conducted under Australian growing conditions or using Australian processing facilities - until now.
While many of us see coffee as the fuel that gets us going for the day, scientists are working on literally using coffee as fuel to power cars, furnaces and other energy sources.
Researchers experimented with replacing 35-100% of the fat in cakes with maltodextrin, inulin, oligofructose, citrus pectin and microparticulated protein and found pectin and inulin were the most effective.
One solution to overeating is foods that alter their structure once ingested, helping you feel full. Chemical engineers have designed a self-structuring gel that can withstand the stomach’s harsh environment to trick the body into thinking it’s full.
The world’s first cultured meat hamburger was recently cooked - and consumed - in London, developed by Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University and cooked by Chef Richard McGeown.
Farmed prawns don’t have a great reputation - but a new prawn feed additive developed by CSIRO could change that. Marine microbe-based Novacq feed additive is reportedly good for the environment, the prawns and consumers.
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have found that hydrophobins, a natural protein extracted from fungi such as mushrooms, could be the key to reducing calories in foods without compromising taste or texture.
Already implicated in liver damage and cancers, it now seems that chronic aflatoxin exposure may be contributing to worsening the AIDS epidemic.
A probiotic strain of E. coli which is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome can soothe gut bacterial infections caused by Salmonella, paving the way for potential relief from foodborne illnesses that affect millions of people annually.
Bruises on avocados can continue to grow and intensify for up to 96 hours after the damage is done, a UQ researcher has found. He is researching ways to reduce bruised fruit and thus boost avocado sales.
Grants totalling $550,000 are helping a leading international bee expert - along with local beekeepers - combat the global decline in bee health that threatens world food production.
Children with autism have been found to have elevated antibodies to wheat gluten proteins compared to those without autism. However, the researchers did not find any connection between the elevated antibodies and coeliac disease.
Looking to expand dietary options for coeliacs, Joyce Irene Boye and colleagues developed a new variety of glabrous (hairless) canary seeds, which have been bred specifically for human consumption.
Crop yields worldwide are not increasing quickly enough to support estimated global food requirements in 2050, according to a study published in PLOS One.
Polydextrose fibre could be used to increase consumer satiety and reduce subsequent energy intake, a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has shown.