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Tree-fruit bio-product Research Centre

Contact Information

Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University,
Room 219-3, Cox Institute Building
Tel: (902) 893-6623



The Tree Fruit Bio-product (TFB) Research Program on the Agricultural Campus, a cooperative initiative between industry, government and academia, was established in October, 2003 to explore the value-added and bio-product development opportunities for the Nova Scotia fruit industry.

The long-term goal of the program is to enhance the economic value of tree fruit crops and to ensure the sustainability of the Nova Scotia tree fruit industry. This will be achieved by introducing novel value-added food and feed products, natural health products, and other bio-products for industrial processes using tree fruits and their under-utilized by-products.

Core Services

Current research and development initiatives include:

-          developing health-food ingredients for bakery products;

-          natural antioxidants for stability of food and nutraceutical lipids;

-          natural antimicrobials for extending the shelf life of minimally processed fruits and vegetables;

-          poultry feed additives to reduce sudden death syndrome;

-          apple-based healthy snacks;

-          and fruit antioxidants enriched functional beverages, among others.

The newly established natural products chemistry research laboratory at the Faculty of Agriculture, in collaboration with other regional and national research institutions, is in the process of executing several product development research initiatives for the Atlantic fruit industry.




How we work with industry

Funding Support

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Key Contacts

Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe, Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences
Canada Research Chair in Fruit Bioactives & BioProducts

Tel (office): (902) 893-6623
 (lab): (902) 893-7582  Email:

One stop shop for Canada's food and bio-products industry.