Applecross SHS students get fresh knowledge from Murdoch Uni food researcher


Harrison Edgar and Murdoch University Academic Chair Biosecurity and Food Security Kirsty Bayliss. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472885
Harrison Edgar and Murdoch University Academic Chair Biosecurity and Food Security Kirsty Bayliss. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472885

APPLECROSS Senior High School students learned about the latest developments in the battle against mould and food waste from Murdoch University researcher Kirsty Bayliss on Thursday.

Dr Bayliss has discovered a chemical-free treatment for fresh produce that increases shelf-life, prevents moulds and decays, and reduces food wastage.

The technique relies on plasma balls that kill the mould that grows on fruit and vegetables.

Dr Bayliss’ visit was part of a Murdoch University’s extensive Science Week commitments, which included visits to Perth Modern and Baldivis College as well as taking part in the Chem Centre open day and hosting a range of interactive displays at the Perth Science Festival.

Visiting academics also took Year 7 Applecross SHS students on a field trip to Wireless Hill and spoke to other students about water sustainability and desalination, wind turbines and how butterfly wings operate.

“National Science Week is a great opportunity for us to share the incredible research and discoveries of our academics,” said Julia Lees, Murdoch University’s outreach co-ordinator.

“Our activities help us to reach and inspire the scientists of the future, ensuring they understand more about the fascinating work being done here at the university.

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