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$750,000 NMR spectrometer for PEI lab


Charlottetown, PEI – The federal government says it is providing $750,000 for the purchase of a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer the NMR spectrometry research headed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the University of Prince Edward Island laboratory in Charlottetown.

The instrument will be used for a project that will analyze plant material for possible use in nutraceuticals. The project also involves colleagues from the National Research Council Institute for Nutrisciences and Health and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Researchers will explore the health potential of crops such as flax, soybeans, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, potatoes and rosehips, and look at how farming practices can be adapted to improve the availability of compounds in these plants.