Evolution is Sweet

Originally posted on LifeApps... Millions of years ago, in the middle of Africa’s jungles, our primate ancestors moved through the treetops in search of their food. The most energy-dense foods they could find were sugar-rich fruits. In an environment where predators could be around every corner, finding a fast-burning food source was essential for their... Continue Reading →

Fasting Diet Feeds From Our Deep Evolutionary Past

by Jordan Pennells - Originally posted on LIFEApps Am I the only one who is drawn to the fridge late at night in search of a little snack? It is impressive how much sway hunger can have on our lives, at times adversely affecting our mood, attention and energy levels. But how often do most... Continue Reading →

Agricultural Challenges (2)

Field Phenotyping: As agricultural output increases and there is more emphasis placed on developing drought resistance crops, the feasibility to assess crop phenotype on the farm is becoming increasingly difficult. An important component in contemporary breeding programs is not only developing genetically advanced crop varieties, but evaluating their performance when grown in the field to... Continue Reading →

Agricultural Challenges (1)

Gene X Environment Interaction: As discussed in a previous post, agricultural biotechnologies developed in the 1990s resulted in increased yields, but these techniques were targeted towards traits controlled by a relatively simple pathway consisting of only a handful of genes (i.e. insect and herbicide protection). However, this was not possible for complex traits such as drought resistance, which... Continue Reading →

Agricultural Biotechnology

As genetic fingerprinting began to develop in the 1990s, molecular breeding (using DNA markers in combination with phenotypic measures to drive the development of new crop varieties) resulted in increased yields despite the drought-inducing action of climate change. These techniques primarily involved transgenes, foreign DNA from other species that could be incorporated into the crop genome... Continue Reading →

History of Agriculture

Origins: The inception of agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago shifted the predominant homo sapiens lifestyle from nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers, to larger social groups that 'put down roots' and formed a stable community. For the first time in history, agriculture generated a net food surplus, removing the need to follow seasonal patterns of wild plants and... Continue Reading →

Christmas

Would you add in vitro (or laboratory grown) meat to your Christmas day BBQ? UQ researchers outline current research into the pros and cons, as well as US public perception, of what looks to be the future of sustainable and ethically sourced animal products. Review of research into in vitro meat, led by UQ's Centre... Continue Reading →

Food Technology

Spurred on by the launch of a new $1M Food Science Innovation Precinct, UQ researchers are offering up innovations in cheesemaking on a platter, explaining the regulation of an essential enzyme within the cheese culturing bacterium Lactococcus lactis. Find out how this improves the efficiency of the $1B Australian cheese industry here.   How essential... Continue Reading →

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