Mukund Karwe, professor of food engineering and chair of the Department of Food Science at Rutgers, was one of two keynote speakers at the First Kuwait International Conference on Life Sciences, held April 6-8 in Kuwait. Karwe’s talk on “New and emerging food processing methods,” addressed how the traditional method of heat processing to destroy pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms in foods also destroys nutritional, nutraceutical and some sensory properties of foods. Karwe discussed new food processing techniques such as ultra-high pressure, pulsed electric field, pulsed light, UV, power ultrasound, oscillating magnetic field, cold plasma and combinations of these techniques. New and emerging technologies, which involve minimal or no heat processing, offer an alternative to traditional methods and can maintain the quality of processed foods without sacrificing safety. [Read more...]
Michael Gavin, president of PortaScience, Inc., recently returned from Rwanda where he participated in the educational segment of a program funded by a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for East African small farms…David L. Lee, professor from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the research and outreach arm of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Nathaniel F. Makoni, Ph.D., of the African Breeders Services, Total Cattle Management Ltd. (ABS TCM), joined Gavin in providing educational resources to Rwandan dairy farmers.
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Professor of marine sciences Yair Rosenthal co-authored a paper reporting the research findings of an international team that investigated the effects of freshwater input from melting glaciers on the ocean’s thermohaline cycle and its potential impact on climate change. Read about the study at Rutgers Today.
The Mongolian culture has an ingrained traditional respect for water and their cultural practices are aimed at maintaining water quality. The largest lake in Mongolia, known as the Blue Pearl, is sacred to Mongolians. The effects of climate change have had a negative impact on the livelihood of Mongolian herders, who have turned to this lake as a resource for food. Rutgers specialist in fisheries science and aquatic ecology Olaf Jensen has had a long-established research program in Mongolia, home to several endangered salmonids, including a species of grayling (Thymallus nigrescens) found only in Lake Hovsgol and taimen (Hucho taimen), the world’s largest trout. His research in Mongolia is focused on the ecology and conservation of taimen and Hovsgol grayling as well as the aquatic ecosystems on which they depend. Watch this video, edited by Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking student Gabrielle Gatdula, in which Jensen discusses his research in Mongolia.
Rutgers students can take advantage of a new, 3-credit study abroad program this summer in Antalya, Turkey. Empowering Turkish Women Farmers has been added to the growing list of summer International Service Learning programs through the Rutgers Center for Global Education. From May 16 to June 3 this year, students will live in the homes of the women farmers in Boztepe, Turkey, and help with Suzanne’s Project, a program to help women farmers run more profitable farms, as well as develop case studies to be used in future classes. Students will have local excursions near Antalya, Turkey, on the Mediterranean as well as a weekend in Istanbul at the end of the program to visit the major tourist sites, with a Rutgers graduate as a guide.
This study abroad offering program is being coordinated with Akdeniz University, which is located in Antalya, Turkey. An integral part of the course will be observation and participation in Suzanne’s Project, a workshop taught by Robin Brumfield, Rutgers farm management specialist, and Burhan Ozkan, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Akdeniz University. Students can apply for the “Empowering Turkish Women Farmers” program and Rutgers International Service Learning scholarships until March 26. Scroll to the bottom of the page for scholarship information. Application for additional support through the SEBS Office of International Programs ends on March 1. [Read more...]