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Graduate Students Receive Awards at Conference on Food for Health

Three graduate students received awards at the Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture 5th Annual NDSU Conference on Food for Health in Fargo, July 7-10, 2019. All four previous conferences were also in Fargo.

August 26, 2019

Three graduate students received awards at the Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture (GIFSIA) 5th Annual NDSU Conference on Food for Health in Fargo, July 7-10, 2019. All four previous conferences were also in Fargo.

Students receiving awards for the Student Poster Presentation Competition were Jing Wan and Ramnarain Ramakrishna, who tied for first place, and Pradeepika Chintha, who placed second. Wan’s presentation is titled Enhancement of Antifungal and Mycotoxin Inhibitory Activities of Food-Grade Thyme Oil Nanoemulsions with Natural Emulsifiers and she is advised by Dr. Jiajia Rao. Ramakrishna’s presentation is titled Evaluation of Antioxidant, Anti-Hyperglycemic and Probiotic Potential of Kefir-Fermented Germinated Barley Flour Using In-Vitro Methods and Chintha’s presentation is titled Biotransformation of Sweet Potato Bioactives Using Lactic Acid Bacteria for Health Benefits. Ramakrishna and Chintha are advised by Dr. Kalidas Shetty.

The Annual Conference on Food for Health is presented yearly by the GIFSIA to build long-term partnerships between academia, industry, Extension personnel and local growers to address current global food security and public health issues. The 2019 conference focused on these issues as well as production and export of value-added commodities grown in the Northern Plains of the United States and was attended by food scientists from Costa Rica, China, India, Kenya, Tunisia and the U.S.

Source: Dipayan Sarkar, 701-231-5059,
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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