Friday, October 26, 2012

News and Notes for Friday October 26, 2012

Improving Lipid Analysis: With New Mass Spectrometer, Researchers Can Grow Knowledge of Plants and Environmental Stress
A Kansas State University professor's research analyzing lipids is helping scientists around the world understand plant responses and develop better crops that can withstand environmental stress. Read more from ScienceDaily.

Sliding price boosts palm oil's appeal to EU biodiesel sector
Last year, the European Union imported 5.46 million tonnes of palm oil of which 1.44 million tonnes, or 26 percent, was used for biodiesel production, while the rest was used for food or cosmetic products, statistics from analyst Oil World showed.  Read more.

U.S. Bioenergy Statistics 
USDA ERS has released its latest data set which provides "... a source of information on biofuels intended to present a picture of the renewable energy industry and its relationship to agriculture" Read U.S. Bioenergy data set.

"Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels" report from the National Academies National Research Council 
The Academy found that even with current technologies, scaling up production of algal biofuels to meet even 5 percent of U.S. transportation fuel needs could create unsustainable demands for energy, water, and nutrient resources.

Emerging Middle Class and Increasing Purchasing Power Bolster Surfactants Market in Brazil
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Analysis of the Brazilian Surfactants Market, finds that the market earned revenues of over $1.31 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $1.90 billion in 2018. Read the News Release from PR Newswire.

FDA Food Facility Registration Regulations - The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has released its guidance for industry entitled "Necessity of the Use of Food Product Categories in Food Facility Registrations and Updates to Food Product Categories. Read the October 2012 guidance document.

Economics & Sustainable Growth of Natural Food Additives
The Sustainable Business Forum provides a series of articles regarding natural flavors and ingredients as some of the fastest growing food and drink trends.
Part 1: Consumer Demand Versus Actual Purchase
Part 2: Purpose and trends

Acrylamide Levels in EU Food
EFSA has published its annual update report on acrylamide levels in food in 25 European countries. Read "Update on acrylamide levels in food from monitoring years 2007 to 2010" (.pdf)

Abstract Alerts

Hazard characterization of 3-MCPD using benchmark dose modeling: Factors influencing the outcome
Klaus Abraham,Hans Mielke,Alfonso Lampen. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. Special Issue: Euro Fed Lipid Highlights 2012. Volume 114, Issue 10, pages 1225–1226, October 2012. Article first published online: 17 OCT 2012. Read the paper.

Nutritive quality of romanian hemp varieties (Cannabis sativa L.) with special focus on oil and metal contents of seeds
Mihoc M, Pop G, Alexa E, Radulov I . Chemistry Central Journal. 2012, 6:122 (23 October 2012). Read the abstract.

Application of Rhamnolipid in the Formulation of a Detergent
Mansureh Khaje Bafghi and Mohammad Hassan Fazaelipoor. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. Volume 15, Number 6 (2012), 679-684. Read the abstract.


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