Australia builds on nutrition research capacity

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Australia has upped its food and health research capacity, merging
two of its leading research groups.

The board of the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said this week that its Adelaide-based nutrition research group within the division of Health Sciences & Nutrition would join up with Food Science Australia (which operates as a joint venture between CSIRO and the Victorian Government) to create one of the world's largest food research entities, with over 300 staff.

"This change will allow CSIRO to respond much more effectively to the strong consumer and industry trends towards food with health benefits,"​ said Dr Michael Eyles, group executive of Agribusiness & Health.

Both centres are currently supporting research into functional foods as well as research into how diets combat disease, including the use of genes and proteins to predict and prevent ill-health.

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