Profs Making Headlines

May 15, 2008 - In the News

Food science professor Alex Marangoni is featured on Global National discussing how rising food prices could impact food quality. To view the story click on "Global National Newscasts" and choose the May 15 broadcast. Scroll about two thirds of the way through the broadcast to reach the story.

Marangoni, who is the holder of a Canada Research Chair in Food and Soft Materials, led an international research team which developed an alternative to artery-clogging trans fats. The team found a new way to package oils and change them into a solid fat-like gel. In addition to providing a heart-healthy recipe for processed foods, the new structured oil regulates the release of lipids into the body, which may help fend off obesity and diabetes.

Prof. Rene Van Acker's research on reducing the dandelion population will be featured in Saturday's Globe and Mail in the Focus section. After conducting a number of studies looking at the proliferation of dandelions in field crops, Van Acker discovered it's actually easier and more effective to kill these weeds in the fall when they have not yet flowered.

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