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65th Flax Institute Held in Fargo

The aim of the Flax Institute is to bring together national and international researchers with an interest in flax to share and learn about flax research. North Dakota State University has been the lead university in organizing the biennial Flax Institute.

The 65th Flax Institute took place on Thursday and Friday, March 27-28, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. North Dakota State University has been the lead university in organizing the biennial event.

The aim of the Flax Institute is to bring together national and international researchers with an interest in flax to share and learn about flax research. Over 70 attendees participated in the event, and thirty oral and poster presentations were given by flax researchers from Canada, China, Poland, Alabama, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Topics covered included breeding flax, agricultural production, disease control in flax, use of flax in food products, cholesterol-lowering claim for flax, using flax for industrial purposes and human health effects of consuming flax. In addition, a panel discussed the new uses of flax in food products, as well as the use of flax for animal feeding and other commercial purposes.

Wendy Denmark-Wahnefried gave a keynote address on flaxseed and its potential for cancer control and personalized medicine. Demark-Wahnefried is a professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences and the associate director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Hans Kandel, NDSU professor and Extension agronomist chaired the Flax Institute and Clifford Hall, NDSU associate professor in food crop utilization was the co-chair. Other members of the organizing committee were: Mary Niehaus, NDSU chemist; Roger Gussiaas, Gussiaas Family Farm; Sheri Coleman, AmeriFlax; and Khalid Rashid, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Source: Hans Kandel, 701-231-8135, hans.kandel@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7132, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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