Plant & food research, kiwifruit and diabetes

Plant & food research, kiwifruit and diabetes

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Staff seminar - John Alexander Monro and Suman Mishra, New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research

Dr. John Monro

Dr John Monro is Principal Scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, and a Principal Investigator at the Riddet Institute, Palmerston North, New Zealand. His original research was on the structure and function of plant cell walls, but soon progressed to the role of cell walls, as dietary fibre, in gut function and health. He has researched dietary fibre in the fore and hind gut, how to measure it in a physiologically valid way, and how to communicate its effects to consumers so as to provide an accurate guide to food choices for health. More recently Dr Monro’s research has focused on digestible carbohydrates in foods, on valid determination of carbohydrate availability by in vitro digestive analysis, and on food structural factors determining the glycaemic response to foods. He has also been concerned with the problem of communicating the relative glycaemic potency of foods to consumers and developed the concept of glycaemic glucose equivalents as a functional food value, to enable food composition databases to say not only what a food is, but also, what it does. At present Dr Monro is conducting both postprandial and long term clinical trials on the benefits of fruit consumption in diets for glucose-intolerant consumers.


Dr. Suman Mishra

Dr. Suman Mishra was born in Fiji and started her scientific career at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), before moving to New Zealand where she completed her PhD studies. She currently works at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research where she leads Carbohydrate Digestion and Metabolism Team. Her initial research was on in vitro digestion of carbohydrate foods and now works in the glycaemic response area and human trials.

Dr. John Monro
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