Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Australian native foods and their functional properties

Australian native foods and their functional properties

Date :  Thursday, 26 November 2009
Time :  3.00pm
Venue : Conference Room, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute
Presenter : Dr Samson Agboola

Wattle seed (Acacia victoriae Bentham) is a commercially viable native (Australian) food due to its current and potential use as a food ingredient. This presentation will discuss some pioneering work on aspects of its major components including characteristics of proteins and soluble carbohydrates, as well as their technologically functional properties such as emulsifying, gelling and foaming abilities. It will also include discussion of ongoing health-functionality studies on some of the seed's minor constituents such as protease inhibitors and phenolic compounds. Suggestions for further studies, especially the incorporation of viable constituents into manufactured foods will conclude the presentation.

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