Monday, June 18, 2012

News and Notes for Monday June 18, 2012

The Case of the Vegetarian Jet Engine: How GE Jet Engines Running on Vegetable Oil Mix Broke the Sound Barrier jet engines now burn biofuel blends from plants like Jatropha, wood chips, and algae. Price remains a sticking point but the fuel could dramatically improve their greenhouse gas footprint and innovative refinery companies are also jumping in to bring fuel costs down. Read more.

Western Diet Changes Gut Bacteria and Triggers Colitis in Those at Risk
Newswise --Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, according to a study to be published early online in the journal Nature.  Read more.

High levels of omega-3 fatty acids in breast milk of Amerindian women
UCSB (News release)--The omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is vital for cognitive and visual development in infants. Researchers have discovered that Amerindian women have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their breast milk than women in the United States. Read the release.

European Union plans to let traces of unapproved GMOs in food
Reuters - -Tiny amounts of unapproved genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be permitted in food imports to the European Union under draft rules due to be proposed shortly. Read more.

China launches campaign to rebuild food safety ‘integrity’ has launched a week-long campaign to promote honesty in the food industry in an effort to strengthen food safety and rebuild the “integrity” of the sector. Read more.

Quality drop, ironically, supports United State's soybean use
A relatively low level of protein in US soybeans may be underpinning demand for it, by forcing feed groups to use more of the oilseed to support the quality of their products. Read more.

Abstract Alerts

Application of Oxidized Cornstarch as a Nonphosphoric Detergent Builder
Ye Sheng, Xuechun Xu, Wenyong Jiang, Yanhua Song and Shucai Gan, et al. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 2012, Volume 15, Number 4, Pages 393-398. Read the abstract.

Modulating the physical properties of sunflower oil and sorbitan monopalmitate-based organogels.
Behera, B., Sagiri, S. S., Pal, K. and Srivastava, A. (2012),  J. Appl. Polym. Sci.. doi: 10.1002/app.37506. Read the abstract.

Upcoming Events June 18-25, 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

18-20 16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering
Washington, DC, USA

18-21 BIO [Biotechnology Industry Organization] International Convention
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

18-22 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Milan, Italy

18-22 ACHEMA
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

20-21 International Dairy Foods Association 2012 Washington Conference
Washington, D.C., USA

20-22 15th Workshop on Vitamin D
Houston, Texas, USA

21-22 Science and Technology of Food Emulsions
London, United Kingdom

25-29 Institute of Food Technologists’ Annual Meeting and Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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