[27 October/Stuff]

Mounting evidence suggests that dairy products or probiotics could boost brain performance. An AgResearch team led by Nicole Roy are investigating how to make new products that utilise these benefits. The key is in the two-way communication between the gut and the brain. They will be using new technology to investigate signals from the gut to optimise brain development and performance. A second research project is investigating the fermentation process, and how it could be accelerated to create new flavours. The AgResearch programmes have been awarded more than $21 million by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund.