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Southern Cross Plant Science Honours Scholarships on Macadamia and Coffee Research

Southern Cross Plant Science

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding students undertaking Honours at Southern Cross University, where preference may be given to domestic students.

Macadamia Project

Macadamia nut generates the greatest farm-gate value in the Northern Rivers region. Although over 70% of a macadamia nut weight is oil, most of the oils in the nut are healthy monounsaturated lipids. Macadamia nuts may reach their maximum size 5 months after flowering and continue to accumulate lipids in the nut kernel after this time.

However, little is known about the lipid composition/classes (e.g. phospholipids and triacylglycerols) during the maturation of macadamia nuts. The aim of this study is to develop a new lipidomics approach whereby we investigate lipid changes during macadamia nut development. Understanding the lipid changes during macadamia nut maturation may help to inform at what time in development is the nut at the best eating quality. This project will utilise the new liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS) at Southern Cross Plant Science to develop a lipid analysis platform for macadamia nut research.

 

Coffee Project 

Coffee is one of the most commercialised and widely consumed food products in the world. The Australian coffee market is worth approximately 2 billion dollars and the average per capita consumption is about 2 kg coffee per year. However, 99% of the coffee consumed in Australia is grown overseas and imported as green beans ready for roasting. 

Flavour is the most important coffee quality and mainly influenced by specific chemical components in the coffee bean. The aim of this project is to develop and optimise an efficient analysis method to detect key chemicals responsible for the variation of coffee flavour. This important method and information can later assist us to choose the best tasting coffee varieties to be grown in Australia.  This project will utilise the new liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS) platform available at Southern Cross Plant Science to analyse flavour chemical components in coffee.

Application process

Please send your CV and academic transcript first to ben.liu@scu.edu.au as soon as possible.

Number available

One for each project

Value

$5000 (for each project, single payment).

Course of study

Enrolled into Bachelor of Science with Honours at Southern Cross University.

Selection criteria

 

Enrol into Bachelor of with Honours degree in 2019 session 3 at Southern Cross University, where preference may be given to domestic students.

The applicant should have completed a science degree preferably at Southern Cross University attaining a GPA of 6 and above.

Please send your CV and academic transcript first to ben.liu@scu.edu.au as soon as possible

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