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Newsletter - October 2007

During this month the Hub team has published a new unit plan focusing on making and developing fermented drinks from traditional recipes. This unit plan has been trialled and a class case study is also available on the Hub.

The Hub features information sheets about the topical issue of A1 and A2 milk. In addition, this month we have published an information sheet describing how proteins can be extracted from milk on the dairy farm.

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“Making fermented drinks” – Unit plan

This teaching unit plan describes a class investigation into the optimum conditions for growing yeast to make fermented drinks. This unit will help students to understand how the fermentation process occurs and how new fermented drinks can be developed from traditional recipes.
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/biotech_at_home/making_fermented_drinks

“Class case study: Making fermented drinks” – Class case study

A Year 8 class embarked on a biotechnology project in which they explored how they could alter the recipes for traditional fermented drinks by taking into account consumer surveys and optimum growing conditions of yeast.
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/biotech_at_home/
class_case_study_making_fermented_drinks

“A1 or A2?” – Information sheet

Cows' milk contains a protein called beta casein, which comes in several forms depending on the genetic makeup of the cow - but what is the difference, and why does it matter?
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/
marvellous_milk/a1_or_a2

“Extracting milk proteins” – Information sheet

Milk contains many different types of proteins, each with their own unique properties and economic value. Research described here shows that extracting high-value milk proteins on the farm quickly and efficiently could have major economic benefits for farmers.
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/marvellous_milk/extracting_milk_proteins

Latest news

Keep up to date with New Zealand's latest biotechnology news and Radio New Zealand audio at: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events

Here are some of our latest stories:

Probiotic prevents tooth decay – News article

BLIS Technologies has received a US patent for its new oral probiotic to prevent dental cavities.
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events/news_archive/
probiotic_prevents_tooth_decay

Air NZ in biofuel research initiative – News article

Air New Zealand is to play a leading role in the development of more environmentally friendly fuel for commercial aircraft.
URL: http://www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events/news_archive/
air_nz_in_biofuel_research_initiative

Conference

“Functional Foods 2007: Wellness Foods” – 15 Nov, 2007

The seventh Annual Functional Foods Symposium is being held at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on 15 Nov, 2007. The symposium is an opportunity to find out about the latest developments in functional foods. The programme includes the latest scientific developments and covers the practical business of creating new functional foods and getting them into the market place.
URL: http://www.health.auckland.ac.nz/ffood/

We welcome your ideas

We are keen to receive your ideas and feedback about the Biotechnology Hub. Please email us at enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz or use our Contact form if you have any comments or suggestions for the Hub.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Hub. Email: enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz

Best wishes.

Dr Diane Dinnis, Project Manager, New Zealand Biotechnology Learning Hub
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz

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