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.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Read October INFORM! Articles on cannabis analytics, ionic liquids, lab proficiency winners, and more

Like it or not, increasing legalization of adult recreational and medical cannabis has created a need for robust and reliable analytical testing to protect consumers. The October issue of Inform magazine includes a review of cannabis analytics, as well as feature articles on modeling and simulation studies that optimize deodorization, best practices for cleaning oxidative-stability-index equipment, ionic liquids in flow applications, hot new flavor trends in Latin America, and a listing of AOCS laboratory proficiency winners. Read the entire issue and share articles with colleagues.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free download: Review explores fatty acid binding protein and influence on liver lipid metabolism

A recent paper published in Lipids by a group led by Friedhelm Schroeder at Texas A & M University demonstrates deletion of liver fatty acid binding protein (FABP1) does not impact brain endocannabinoid levels in female mice (Lipids 51:1007-1020).  This is critically important as this group has identified that brain endocannabinoids and arachidonic acid mass are both increased in male mice in which FABP1 is deleted (J. Neurochemistry 138:407-422).  Further, this group recently reported that FABP1 is a novel endocannabinoid binding protein (Biochemistry 2016 In Press).  These observations are critically important as it links liver FABP1 to the modulation of brain signaling molecules involved in satiety and in pain sensation.  Further, the potential link between an FABP1 polymorphism in humans to brain endocannabinoid function adds tremendous clinical relevance as does the potential for differences in metabolism that are gender specific.  For more about the FABP1 T94A mutation and its influence on liver lipid metabolism, see the recent review in Lipids (Lipids 51:655-676). The review article is available for a free download until November 11, 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Open access: Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications

The AOCS Lipid Library now includes the free article, "Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications," authored by Molly J. Sproston, Ebenezer A. Ifeduba, and Casimir C. Akoh, from the Food Science Department at the University of Georgia. This educationally-focused article describes what structured lipids are; how they are produced; and their nutritional and functional benefits. It also includes several figures in addition to a chart that provides an overview of various structured lipids.