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Prieto Benavides, Nuria, Ph.D.

Research scientist

Contact Information:

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1W1
Telephone: 403-782-8176

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Meat Optoelectronics
  • Bioinformatics

Current Projects:

  • Novel analytical methods for meat flavour fingerprinting (Co-PI)
  • Larger scale fractionation of novel polyunsaturated fatty acid biohydrogenation products from beef fat and testing their bioactivity and mode of action
  • Computer Vision System (CVS) assessments in support of a Total Quality Management (TQM) system for Canadian Beef
  • Utilizing flavour chemistry and sensory methods towards determining the uniqueness of Alberta beef flavour
  • Rapid in vivo prediction of body fat composition and quality traits using near-infrared spectroscopy in pigs
  • Production and testing of PUFA-BHP in beef II: optimizing diets, NIRS predictions, rumen bacterial profiles, and human health implications
  • Development of decision making tools for sustainable beef production in Canada
  • Benchmarking Canadian lamb carcass and meat quality through use of innovative platform technologies
  • Applying Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy: Predicting feed inputs and carcass outputs from integrated swine systems (Co-PI)
  • Measuring the Canadian Beef Advantage: Development of a platform technology for rapid, non-invasive carcass fat and lean predictions in beef carcasses
  • Addressing food quality challenges in Alberta's aquaculture industry


  • Member of the website and electronic communications - Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee - Canadian Meat Council (CMC)
  • Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS)

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