Friday, June 22, 2012

News and Notes for Friday June 22, 2012

New website helps consumers understand natural trans fats (News release)--The new website, located at, is designed to help consumers navigate questions regarding fats. It will also grow to include special sections for scientists, educators, nutritionists and health professionals. Read the news release.

Panel says vitamin D, calcium won’t prevent fractures: Did we hear that correctly? Vitamin D Council provides areview of the US Preventive Services Task Force that has statements  that postmenopausal women do not need to supplement with vitamin D and calcium. Read more.

Packaging under the Unilever 'Plan'
Greener Package--Unilever Senior Vice-President, Sustainability, Gavin Neath provides details on the company’s goals for packaging. Read more.

NatureWorks Partners with Plasticity Rio ’12 Amidst United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit Event
Packaging Europe--NatureWorks, a  leading supplier of biopolymers joins Plasticity Rio ’12 with some of the world’s leading decision makers and innovators to put bioplastics on the UN agenda. Plasticity Rio ’12 is the only event at, or alongside, the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit to focus entirely on plastic. Read more.

Ethanol loses favor, drags corn with it
MarketWatch--As demand growth for the fuel stalls and corn production increases...Read more.

Study: No-Fat, Low-Fat Dressings Don't Get Most Nutrients out of Salads
ScienceDaily--The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows. Read more.

"The Kitchen As Laboratory": Measuring the Texture of Egg Yolks
Popular Science--A collection of essays about every aspect of culinary science shows how much more there is to understand about even the most familiar items. Read more.

USDA Announces Benchmarks on Meeting Energy and Sustainability GoalsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its fiscal year 2011 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance. Read more.

Abstract Alerts

An approach for jatropha improvement using pleiotropic QTLs regulating plant growth and seed yield
Fei Sun, Peng Liu, Jian Ye, Loongchuan Lo, Suying Cao, Lei Li, Genhua Yue and Chunming Wang  Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:42 doi:10.1186/1754-6834-5-42. Published: 15 June 2012. Read the abstract.

Repeated injection of PEGylated solid lipid nanoparticles induces accelerated blood clearance in mice and beagles
Zhao Y, Wang L, Yan M, Ma Y, Zang G, She Z, Deng Y. International Journal of Nanomedicine. Published Date June 2012 Volume 2012:7 Pages 2891 - 2900. DOI: Read the abstract.

Surface Activities, Foam Properties, HLB, and Krafft Point of Some n-Alkanesulfonates (C14–C18) with Different Isomeric Distributions
Latifa Fekarcha and Amel Tazerouti. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. Volume 15, Number 4 (2012), 419-431, DOI: 10.1007/s11743-012-1335-2. Read the abstract.

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