Professor Gerald Tannock and his interdisciplinary research team have been awarded $1M of funding to develop a slow-release energy weaning food for babies, to stop them from waking up hungry.
The team will look to develop a new weaning food for evening meals, containing novel dietary fibres that better sustain energy release through the night. With optimal mixtures of dietary fibres, enough sustained energy would be harvested by bowel bacteria to satisfy the infant body's needs until morning.
The research project is one of seven one-million-dollar projects to be launched under the Government's latest "National Science Challenges".
Professor Tannock says that the product will initially be aimed at Chinese consumers due to the country's high birth rate.