Status: Ongoing

This lab-based project will use three different assay techniques to explore the antioxidant activity (Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power or FRAP assay, and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl or DPPH assay) and total polyphenol content (Folin-Ciocalteu assay) of Yukon-sourced berries.  Antioxidants and polyphenols are bioactive compounds known for their potential health benefits, including their role in reducing oxidative stress, and the risk of chronic diseases.  Wild berries and berry harvesting are traditional foods and activities for Yukon First Nations and are also enjoyed and appreciated by non-Indigenous Yukoners.  In addition, the Yukon now has cultivated berries and berry products available from some local commercial operations, as well as products available from southern suppliers.  While berries generally have flavours that appeal to consumers, commercially they may be considered expensive, and personal harvesting is time-consuming.  Results of the study may be used to inform the public about health-containing compounds within locally available berries and may also encourage traditional and family harvesting activities, the consumption and purchase of healthy Yukon-produced foods, and increase interest from Yukon consumers in locally produced berries and berry products.  A YukonU student will gain valuable research experience working with the PI on the lab work, data analysis, write-up, and dissemination of the results.

Partners and funders

YukonU Scholarly Activity Grant