The report on the American Association of Cereal Chemists International meeting was provided by Maryke Labuschagne. It is a non-profit professional organization of members who are specialists in the use of cereal grains in foods. All the technical committees and divisions met. The plenary lecture was by Nina Federof on the challenges for food production and the potential of modern plant breeding methods to contribute to the alleviation thereof.

Technical sessions:

  • Analytical measures for cereal chemistry
  •  Extrusion for sustainable quality and nutrition
  • Functionality of novel grains, pulse and components
  • Practical applications for classic dough systems
  • Quality and functionality in various end-use, applicable solutions
  • Economic testing and processing for the grain industry
  • The future of food safety
  • Spectrometric analysis of grain components


  • Cereals and pulse-based foods in Asia
  • Sprouted grains: what is in it for consumers?
  • Mapping the physical and functional attributes of starches
  • Dietary fibre in the food industry: a role for Psyllium?
  • Novel proteomics approaches in cereal grain research
  • Protein trends and technologies: health, regulatory and formulation challenges
  • The statistics of sampling, analytical methods development and experimentation
  • Wheat quality – what it is and how have we been measuring it
  • Innovative plant proteins and plant derivatives
  • Recent advances on structure-function relations of rice and rice based food
  • Powder rheology

Hot topics

  • GM food labelling: inside the controversy
  • Mitigating flour food-safety risks
  • Are national dietary guidelines effective in promoting whole grain consumption?

11 May 2017 New Voices Symposium

Fifteen participants presented papers on 11 May 2017 at The Willows Country Lodge, Pretoria.

John Taylor Trophies were awarded to category winners.

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Professor Marena Manley is this year’s recipient of the Medal of Honour of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. This Medal of Honour is awarded by The South African Academy of Science and Arts for achievements and contributions related to the promotion and development of the subject area concerned and can be awarded only in exceptional cases. Marena will receive her prize on 27 June 2014 during the award ceremony in Stellenbosch.

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