Monday, April 16, 2012

News and Notes

UGA food scientist Casimir Akoh awarded two top professional honors C. Akoh, Distinguished Research Professor in the University of Georgia Department of Food Science and Technology, has received the top award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society and the Institute of Food Technologists. Read more.

EPA cancels $20-million green chemistry grant program, gives no explanation
In an announcement that stunned scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cancelled grant applications for what was supposed to be a $20-million, four-year green chemistry program. Read more.

USDA ERS Oil Crops Outlook report "World Supply Contraction Aims Market Focus on 2012 U.S. Soybean Acreage"
Oil Crops Outlook -- The USDA Economic Research Service has released its latest monthly report which examines supply, use, prices, and trade for oil crops (primarily soybeans and products), including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries.   The April 11, 2012 USDA ERS Oil Crops Outlook report is posted here. The USDA ERS Oil Crops Yearbook and Data is posted here.

Genetic Adaptation of Fat Metabolism Key to Development of Human Brain
Science Daily (News release)--About 300000 years ago humans adapted genetically to be able to produce larger amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Read more.

Scientists discover new fat over lunch
Uncovering new fats, or lipids, with links to diseases in the human eye (lens) is as easy as taking a lunch break, according to chemists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Wollongong. Read more.

High levels of phthalates can lead to greater risk for type-2 diabetes
Science Daily (News release)--As expected, diabetes was more common among participants who were overweight and had high blood lipids. But the researchers also found a connection between blood levels of some of the phthalates and increased prevalence of diabetes. Read more.

Vegetable oil supplies face 'serious imbalance'
Historic correlations suggested that the rise of 750m people, to 7.7bn, in the world population by 2021, as forecast by the United Nations, will require a rise above 230m tonnes in edible oil production to meet demand. Read more.

UniFirst Using All Green, Enviro-Friendly Detergents
MarketWatch (News release)--Use of the environmentally friendly detergents are proving to be a win-win scenario for all concerned, since their formulation continues to allow UniFirst to provide hygienically clean, image-enhancing work apparel to heavy- and low-soiling occupations ... Read more.

Fluid Imaging to give scholarships for algae research
Mass High Tech-- Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc., of Yarmouth, Me., said it will award students up to $1000 annually for four consecutive years to study algae technology. Read more.

Brazil's Biofuel Boom: Mark McHugh
Business Insider--Biodiesel is produced from vegetable oils and/or animal fats. The third biofuel is biomass or biomass pellets, which are used in electricity generation to replace coal. The pellets are produced from wood chips or renewable energy crops. Read more.

Upcoming Events/ April 16-23, 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

16-17 Global Moringa Meet 2012
Jaipur, India

17-18 Oils & Fats Turkey 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

17-19 Food Safety Summit Expo and Conference
Washington, DC, USA

17-19 6th Food Proteins Course: Properties, Functionalities & Applications
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

21-25 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting
San Diego, California, USA

22-26 Membrane, Filtration & Other Technologies Short Course
Fundamentals, New Developments, Applications and Daily Pilot Plant Demonstrations
College Station, Texas, USA

22-26 10th International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

22-27 Gordon Research Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology
Lucca (Barga), Italy

23 Omega-3 Summit 2012
Ghent, Belgium

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