Beambox at 2017 MOTAT Science Street Fair

Frederique, Neelam and summer student Zak Whiting presented the new Beambox to the public at the 2017 MOTAT Science Street Fair in Auckland. Zak’s scholarship work had focused on adding composition capability to the Beambox. Each box transmitted an audio track, consisting of a single instrument part. Thus, when the boxes are combined the layers of instruments built until the full ensemble was playing. He composed two pieces of music – a pop song and a rock song. The day was a great success with over 2,200 people through the gates.

Meat Industry Workshop 2017

Frederique, Cushla and Fang recently attended the AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop 2017 in Hamilton. This year's theme was 'Bringing it all together - Safety, Quality & Value.' Frederique presented an overview of the FoodSafe project in the processing and value session. Several talks during the day focused on research currently occurring to characterise Shiga-Toxin producing E. coli serotypes on New Zealand farms and in meat products. We heard about efforts to add value to to low value meat cuts, processing to make meat products more safe and more appealing to those with swallowing disorders (dysphagia), and several other interesting initiatives within beef and lamb research. The day was ca

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