to evaluate bioactives in other food sources. Its method development was part of an Australian research project currently
underway at Charles Sturt University. The project aims to
investigate bioactives in canola seed and oil, and ways in which
they can be enhanced to further improve canola oil quality.
Clare Flakelar is a doctoral student at Charles Sturt University
(CSU), Wagga Wagga, Australia, where she investigates several classes of bioactive compounds in canola seed and crude
canola oil, and the agronomic and oil processing impacts on
these compounds, under the supervision of Associate Professor
Paul Prenzler. Her PhD project is funded by the Grains Research
Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Graham Centre for
Agricultural Innovation (a joint collaboration between Charles
Sturt University and Department of Primary Industries). So far,
the research has been presented at seven national and two international conferences, and has resulted in two publications. Clare
is currently preparing her thesis, “Australian canola seed and oil
quality–the influence of varietal traits and processing parameters on valuable minor components,” for submission in 2017, and
can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Prenzler is an associate professor at CSU, where his
research typically involves the application of different analyti-
cal techniques to solve chemical problems of significance to the
rural region in which the university is located, such as survey-
ing Australian canola varieties for bioactive compounds with
roles in oil quality and health benefits, applications of gas chro-
matography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry in
food authentication and traceability, development of a robust
antioxidant test for lipid systems, analytical methods for diag-
nosis and prognosis of coeliac disease, and consumer prefer-
ence studies on Australian chickpeas. A co-author of four book
chapters and 99 refereed publications, Prenzler is the recipient
of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, chair of
the Riverina-Murray Section of the Royal Australian Chemical
Institute, and actively involved in promoting chemistry in High
Schools. He can be contacted at PPrenzler@csu.edu.au.
[ 1] Flakelar, C.L., D.J. Luckett, J.A. Howitt, G. Doran, and
P.D. Prenzler, Canola (Brassica napus) oil from Australian
cultivars shows promising levels of tocopherols and
carotenoids, along with good oxidative stability, J. Food
Compos. Anal. 42: 179–186, 2015.
[ 2] Flakelar, C.L., P.D. Prenzler, D. J. Luckett, J.A. Howitt,
G. Doran, A rapid method for the simultaneous
quantification of the major tocopherols, carotenoids,
free and esterified sterols in canola (Brassica napus) oil
using normal phase liquid chromatography, Food Chem.
214: 147–155, 2017.
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