Monday, April 9, 2012

News and Notes

FDA Releases Updated “Bad Bug Book” with New Features
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made available on the internet the second edition of the Bad Bug Book, a handbook of basic information about foodborne bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions, and naturally occurring toxins. In addition to updated scientific information, the book includes five new chapters (on Cronobacter, Enterococcus, Francisella tularensis, phytohaemagglutinin, and venomous fish).  The updated edition of the Bad Bug Book is available on the FDA web site. This Constituent Update can be found here. Additional Constituent Updates can be found here.

Bunge Purchases Assets of MCN BioProducts
PRNewswire-- Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) ("Bunge"), a leading global agribusiness and food company, today announced it has purchased substantially all of the assets, including the patent portfolio, of MCN BioProducts Inc. ("MCN"), a privately-held Canadian technology company.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read more.

AB SCIEX and Phenomenex Develop Food Safety Solution for India
EON: Enhanced Online News (News release)--AB SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, and Phenomenex, a global leader in separation science techniques, today announced a new workflow solution specifically tailored for laboratories ...Read more.

New research reveals food ingredients most prone to fraudulent economically
Science Codex--Analyses of the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food highlight the most fraud-prone ingredients in the food supply; analytical detection methods; and the type of fraud reported. Read more.

Saudi Billionaire to Invest $600 Million in Ethiopia Cooking Oil
BusinessWeek--Mohammed al-Amoudi plans to invest $600 million over two years to produce edible oil, its general manager said. Read more.

NutraCea Appoints David Hutchinson SVP - Operations and Robert Smith SVP
MarketWatch (News release)--Biographies Mr. Hutchinson brings 18 years of edible oil processing, research and technical expertise to the company, specializing in vegetable oils such as rice bran oil and flax oil. Read more.

Global Soy Chemicals Market to Reach US$13 Billion by 2017
 PR Web (News release)--In terms of end-use markets, Biodiesel represents the largest end-user of soy chemicals. The plastics segment is forecast to display maximum potential for growth driven by growing demand for renewable plastics and polymers. Read more.

JBEI researchers develop dynamic sensor-regulatory system
Biodiesel Magazine--According to information released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is part of the JBEI, the DSRS system is able to detect metabolic changes in microbes during the production of fatty acid-based fuels or chemicals ...Read more.

Lighting up plant cells to engineer biology new technique using fluorescence to automatically measure and map cellular activity in living plant tissue will contribute to better computer models that are at the heart of synthetic biology, the attempts to engineer living systems. Read more.

Infocast's Next Generation Green Chemistry Summit
MarketWatch (News release) -- The "Next Wave" of early-stage bio-based and green chemistry plays will be showcased at Infocast's Next Generation Green Chemistry Summit, scheduled for May 21-23, 2012 at the Network Meeting ...Read more.

Execs From Coca Cola, United Airlines, Goodyear and Chrysler Among Speakers
MarketWatch (News release)--“Some of the most widely used consumer products are joining the biobased economy. Businesses see consumer benefits and a cleaner, safer and healthier environment as biobased product and renewable chemical applications reach the marketplace. Read more.

Infocast's Durable BioPlastics 2012
MarketWatch (News release)--Bio-based polymers are growing in the double digits annually and the sky appears to be the limit for greening the colossal global markets for plastics. Read more.

EcoSynthetix Expands Production Capacity for Bio-Based Polymers Renewable chemical firm, EcoSynthetix has installed a new production system in its present manufacturing facility in the US The 80 million pound production line brings the company's yearly production capacity to 235 million pounds. Read more.

Tuff-Seal(TM) Interlocking Tile First Flooring Product to Enhance ...
PR Web ((News release)--Tuff-Seal™ Interlocking Floor Tile is the first flooring product to enhance its sustainability using BioVinyl™, made with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ bio-based plasticizer.  Read more.

The Future of Algae Biofuels
Energy Collective--Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have assembled the draft genome sequence of a marine algae, Nannochloropis gaditan, that may be capable of producing the lipid yields necessary for a viable fuel source. Read more.

Media Availability: Algae Facts and Experts From the Algal Biomass Organization
MarketWatch (News release)--"The technology to take advantage of algae on a commercial scale is now available, and investors and entrepreneurs are working right now to take advantage of this new source of oil," said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of ABO. Read more.

Sapphire Energy Raises $144 Million for an Algae Farm
Technology Review--The company, which is less than five years old, has been moving quickly to build a 300-acre algae farm as a large-scale demonstration of its process for making algae oils.  Read more.

Abstract Alert

Effects of oxygen and antioxidants on the lipid oxidation and yellow discolouration of film from red tilapia mince
Generally, biodegradable films from fish muscle protein become yellow after preparation. This discolouration is more likely associated with lipid oxidation and can be prevented by minimising the oxidation in the films. Read the abstract.

Upcoming Events/ April 9-15,2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

10-12 Critical Commodities Conference 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

11-13 International Peanut Forum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12-13 Algae Harvesting and Downstream Processing for Value Added Applications
San Diego, California, USA

14-16 The 13th International Exhibition on Surfactant & Detergent
Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center, China

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