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Graduate student Cindy Yu wins awards at the Tri Society Virtual Conference
The Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA), and the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), hosted a virtual conference to bring together researchers in plant science during July 5-9, 2021.
Cindy Yu presented the findings of her M.Sc. thesis research titled “Polyphenols-rich apple genotypes exhibit anti-diabetic properties in vitro”.
Her presentation won two awards, the first-place award of CSHS poster competition and the best poster of the session on Genetics, Biotechnology and Breeding.
Cindy Yu is a second year M.Sc. student of the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences. After a comprehensive biochemical screening of over 500 apple accessions of Canada's Apple Biodiversity Collection (ABC), Cindy has identified a few apple genotypes that may have potential to develop as specialty apple cultivars for health-conscious consumers, especially for those who wish to manage type 2 diabetes through dietary approaches. Presently, Cindy is preparing for a pre-clinical experimental animal trial to further validate her findings.
Cindy’s advisory committee consists of Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe (Supervisor), Dr. Sean Myles, Dr. Petra Kienesberger (DMNB), and Dr. Jun Song (AAFC, Kentville).