Friday, January 6, 2017

Top Ten Downloads from inform|connect during 2016

Researchers from the fats and oils community accessed the following resources the most during 2016. These resources included AOCS book chapters, INFORM articles, and meeting/conference presentations. Don't miss out! Join (for free) the highly-engaged community at inform|connect to download these and stay up-to-date with the latest trending topics.
  1. Rice Bran Oil Extraction and Palletization (book chapter)
  2. Application of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) in Food Science and Biotechnology (Powerpoint)
  3. Medicinal Cannabis (Powerpoint)
  4. Enzymes in detergents (article)
  5. Natural fats and oils in cosmetics (article)
  6. Measurement and Maintenance of Palm Oil Quality (book chapter)
  7. Fact or Fiction: Animal fat making a big comeback (article)
  8. Overview of the Global Vegetable Oil Market – When will vegetable oil prices rise again? (Powerpoint)
  9. Future Impact of Technological Changes in Oilseed Processing & Oil Refining (Powerpoint) 
  10. Biodiesel Process (guideline)
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January issue of INFORM: Chia, new analytical methods, oil extraction from spent bleaching earth, and more!

Chia, the newly proclaimed “superfood” is being added to cereal, juice, bread, smoothies, pasta, snacks—even baby food. The January 2017 issue of INFORM magazine investigates the scientific evidence behind the health claims. This issue also features new analytical methods for examining fat oxidation in whole samples, and for simultaneously determining bioactives in edible oil—but you also won’t want to miss articles on recovering oil from spent bleaching earth and gut-brain endocannabinoid activity. You can access each free issue of INFORM throughout the year by clicking here to view the issue listing. If you are interested in receiving the print copy, consider joining AOCS today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Journal of Surfactants and Detergents Part 3 review article available: Surfactant formulation for enhanced oil recovery

As the year comes to a close, take the time to read this highly-anticipated review, part of series of reviews on how to attain ultralow interfacial tension and three-phase behavior with a surfactant formulation for EOR. Part 3 focuses on the practical procedures to optimize the laboratory research according to the current state of the art in surfactant mixing. Read the review here, and also read highly downloaded Part 1(1,400 downloads and 46 citations) and Part 2 ( 3,100 downloads and 32 citations). The three reviews were led by JSD Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Jean-Louis Salager, and Ana M. Forgiarini from the FIRP Laboratory in Merida, Venezuela. 

Also, read JSD Open Access articles, including the following highly-downloaded articles: 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thankful for our INFORM readers! November/December highlights

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in America, I thought it would be appropriate to thank our INFORM readers, authors, and advisory board. Read the highlighted articles below from the most recent issue.

  • Generational Training Divide: Can the skills gap between older, more experienced workers who are retiring and the next generation of workers be bridged? The cover story of the November issue of INFORM magazine looks at the strategies oils and fats processors are using to enhance knowledge transfer and ease the transition from one generation to the next. 
  • Food Emulsifier Fundamentals: Learn how synthetic and natural emulsifiers are evaluated and selected for food applications by reading this review article. 
  • Essential fatty acids from six microalgae species
  • Industrial design of oil and food processing plants in Latin America
  • Using microfluidics tools to understand emulsification 
  • Patents
  • Extracts & Distillates
Enjoy and thank you for reading!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Quality Reference Materials on Sale in November!

Save 25% on all AOCS Quality Reference Samples during the month of November.

All samples are analyzed by participants in the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program, and shipped with peer-reviewed reports that include the consenus mean values, z-scores, and standard deviations for various components.

Use promo code QRMSALE at checkout for 25% off your Quality Reference Sample order. Valid through November 30, 2016. While supplies last. Note: sale does not apply to Certified Reference Materials (CRMs).

If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for choosing AOCS.

Best regards,
Dawn Shepard
Laboratory Proficiency Program Manager 

AOCS Technical Services
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Statistics and "Doubts About GMOs"

Last Saturday, an article in The New York Times summarized the results of the newspaper’s “extensive examination” of United Nations data, and a recent National Academy of Sciences report, which concluded that  “genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.”
                For the most part, the reaction to The Times article has paralleled the contentious rhetoric of the US Presidential election, so this thoughtful evaluation of the newspaper’s statistical analysis by an “independent” is refreshing. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review of AOCS Press book: Oxidative Stability and Shelf Life of Foods Containing Oils and Fats

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry recently published a review of the AOCS Press title on oxidative stability and shelf life. Read the review here and if you have a copy of the book, let us know your opinion of the title. Numerous leaders in this field came together for the book, including co-editors Min Hu and Charlotte Jacobsen; and chapter authors Karen Schaich, Fereidoon Shahidi, Jill Winkler-Moser, and Hong-Sik Hwang.