Friday, August 10, 2012

News and Notes for Friday August 10, 2012

Cargill reports worst quarterly earnings since 1991
Cargill Inc quarterly earnings fell 82 percent, the giant U.S. agribusiness firm's worst quarter in more than 20 years, with profit margins weak in its oilseed and beef processing operations. Read more from Reuters.

New Investments to Drive Innovations in Biofuels and Biobased Products in the US
Through the joint Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), USDA and the Energy Department are working to develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products. Read the news release.

Goodyear developing soybean-based tire rubber

Goodyear is developing a new rubber compound that uses soybean oil instead of petroleum-based products, and it could be on the road in just a few years. Read more at Fox News.

High trans-Fat Diet Predicts Aggression
People who eat more hydrogenated oils are more aggressive. 
Read more from Scientific American.

Low sat fat- zero trans fats solution for margarines and shortenings on the market in the next 12 to 24 months?
A product that will stabilize and solidify fats and oils, such as margarines and shortenings, with lower saturated fat and zero trans fats could be on the market in 12 to 24 months, says Adriene Eiffes, marketing specialist for Ashland Specialty Ingredients. Read more from FoodNavigator.

Nanotechnology helps food manufacturers make healthier food
UK food manufacturers have been urged to recognise the massive potential of nanotechnology in creating healthier foods. Read more at

Natural Sciences Repository Publishes Lipid and Acid Metabolism Resources
The Natural Sciences Repository aims to provide information on various areas of scientific interest. The site has now added the categories Lipid and Acid Metabolism to it's Acid section. Find out more.

A State of Flux

The laundry category continues to slump, as marketers face rising raw material costs and lingering pressure from retailers. Could Pods reverse the trend? Read more from Happi.



Chemists’ Society Offers Proficiency Testing for Olive Oil Sensory Panels
Olive oil sensory panels around the world that cannot comply with International Olive Council (IOC) requirements have a new way to gauge their proficiency: the Olive Oil Sensory Panel Proficiency Testing Series by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). Read more from The Olive Oil Times or enroll in the series.

Dilling Group -New Corporate Member
AOCS is pleased to welcome Dilling Group as a new Silver Corporate Member. Find out more about Dilling Group at

Abstract Alerts 

Use of substructure-specific carbohydrate binding modules to track changes in cellulose accessibility and surface morphology during the amorphogenesis step of enzymatic hydrolysis
Keith Gourlay, Valdeir Arantes and Jack N Saddler. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:51 doi:10.1186/1754-6834-5-51. Published: 24 July 2012. Read the abstract. 

Plasma Levels of FABP4, but not FABP3, Are Associated with Increased Risk of Diabetes
Luc Djoussé and J. Michael Gaziano. Lipids, 2012, Volume 47, Number 8, Pages 757-762. Read the abstract.

Rheology and Crystallization of Long-Chain Branched Poly(L-lactide)s with Controlled Branch Length
Liangyan Wang, Xiabin Jing, Haibo Cheng, Xiuli Hu, Lixin Yang, and Yubin Huang. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/ie300524j. Publication Date (Web): July 30, 2012. Read the abstract.

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