Friday, December 14, 2012

News and Notes for Friday December 14, 2012

New Twist On Using Biomass for Perfume, Cosmetic, Personal Care Products
In a new approach for tapping biomass as a sustainable raw material, scientists are reporting use of a Nobel-Prize-winning technology to transform plant "essential oils" -- substances with the characteristic fragrance of the plant -- into high-value ingredients for sunscreens, perfumes and other personal care products. Read more from Science Daily.

Protein signaling between soybean root hairs, bacteria reveals core cellular processes
Understanding what happens to a soybean root hair system infected by symbiotic, nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, could go a long way toward using this symbiosis to redesign plants and improve crop yields, benefiting both food and biofuel production. Read more from

Biobased Briquettes, not Bombs, for the Taliban?
Could biomass briquette mills and improved cook stoves undermine the Taliban — for one percent of what the US now spends? Read more from Biofuels Digest.

Finns develop efficient bio-based plastic production technique
Two quick facts: the volume of oil used every year in the production of plastics equates to approximately 5% of the world’s total oil consumption, and approximately 40% of all plastics are used in packaging. Read more from Foodprocessing.

USDA NIFA Fellowships Grant Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the program under its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Regulation of Nutrition and Health Claims on Packaged Foods in Australia 
Food manufacturers who choose to make claims like low in fat or contains protein for muscle development will have to provide scientific evidence to support these claims under a new food standard.  Read the News Release.

U.S. and World Supply Use Balances for Major Grains, Soybeans and Products and Cotton, and U.S. Supply and Use Data for Sugar and Livestock Products
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its monthly report, titled "World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates" (WASDE), which provides the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances for these commodities.  View the report (.pdf)

Agilent Technologies’ New Pathway Architect Software to Include SRI International’s BioCyc Pathway Database CollectionAgilent Technologies Inc. and SRI International today announced they have signed a licensing agreement to offer laboratory research customers a package that combines Agilent’s latest release of GeneSpring GX, GeneSpring NGS, Mass Profiler Professional and Pathway Architect version 12.5 with SRI International’s complete BioCyc Pathway Database Collection. The integrated package will allow scientists to access, combine, visualize and analyze biological data sets across multiple “omics” experiments (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics).  Read the News Release.

  • A Manager of NLEA Support at Eurofins Scientific Inc., (Des Moines, IA, USA) is sought. View the job posting.
  • A Deputy Director for Research is sought by the FDA National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) located in Jefferson, Arkansas. View the USA Jobs posting.
  • A Food Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor who will be involved in a two-state extension appointment is sought by the Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. View the posting. 


Announcing Amended Methods for the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 6th Edition, 2nd Printing.
At the Uniform Methods Committee Meeting of the 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, a majority vote was taken to enact the online publishing of both official and amended records of the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS. For more information, visit:

Save in December on AOCS Methods
The Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 6th Edition, 2nd Printing, is ON SALE for the month of December. The AOCS has set the standard for analytical methods critical to processing, trading, utilizing, and evaluating fats, oils, and lipid products. Worldwide acceptance has made the AOCS Methods a requirement wherever fats and oils are analyzed. Order now to save.

Welcome Clariant Corp -New Gold Corporate Member
As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, Clariant contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries. Our portfolio is designed to meet very specific needs with as much precision as possible. At the same time, our research and development is focused on addressing the key trends of our time. These include energy efficiency, renewable raw materials, emission-free mobility, and conserving finite resources. Our business units are divided into six market segments: Consumer Care, Industrial Applications, Plastics & Coatings, Energy, Resources, and Bio Tech.

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