Working with mycologists at Murdoch University and with innovative growers Drs Mark and Julia Anwar McHenry on their farm near Denmark, WA, FFS-backed PhD student Mahesh Galappaththi, originally from Sri Lanka, is exploring ways to ensure successful colonisation of host trees’ root zones by some of the world’s most delectable truffle species.
Dr Mark McHenry and his wife, Dr Julia Anwar McHenry grow specialty globe artichokes on Mt Lindesay Farm, near Denmark, WA. As partners in a four-year, Future Food Systems-backed project, they work with researchers at Murdoch University including ANPC scientist Dr Ruey Leng Loo and PhD student Andrew Tilley to quantify beneficial properties in globe artichokes, notably long-chain inulin.
Dr Ruey-Leng Loo, part of the expert team at Murdoch University’s world-leading Australian National Phenome Centre, leads the CRC’s flagship ‘Metabolomic food library’ project, producing detailed ‘chemical fingerprints’ of Western Australian food products that prove their provenance and nutritional credentials. Here, she explains how the process works and why it will help producers’ bottom lines.