Australian native plant foods offer a diverse nutritional source for modern diets.  They have been consumed by Aboriginal people for many generations, yet little is known about the nutrition of many of these fruit.   

Selina’s PhD is about studying the native Australian green plum (Buchanania obovata) to understand the nutrition and the composition of the green plum.  Selina works with communities in the Northern Territory to harvest fruit for these studies.   The green plum and other native fruits present opportunities for use in diet diversification across Australia and for Indigenous communities to have work on country and in their communities.

Selina Fyfe

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, QAAFI, the University of Queensland.

Selina Fyfe is currently doing a PhD titled ‘Characterising the potential of the green plum (Buchanania obovata) as a native Australian fruit’. She works under A/Prof Yasmina Sultanbawa and Dr Heather Smyth from Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), Dr Horst Schirra from the Centre for Advanced Imaging at UQ, and with international collaborators Prof Michael Rychlik from Technical University of Munich and Honorary Professor at UQ, and Prof Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin from Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen and Technical University of Munich.  Selina's work is now a part of the ARC Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods.


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