Friday, August 16, 2013

News and Notes for Friday Aug 16, 2013

Healthy food enzymes boost Novozymes Q2 profit
Enzyme specialist Novozymes has reported its first-half performance as expected, with organic sales growth of 6% over last year. Read more from Food Navigator.

US importer files for bankruptcy citing Chinese melamine crisis debts
US import-export firm Exim Brickell has filed for bankruptcy citing debts of $200m following the loss of several lawsuits connected to its involvement in the shipment of Chinese melamine-tainted milk powder in 2008. Read more from Dairy Reporter.

Oil Crops Outlook 
The USDA Economic Research Service has released its latest monthly report entitled "Rising Competition, Smaller Crop Gains Seen Limiting U.S. Soybean Demand". Read the USDA ERS Oil Crops Outlook Report (.pdf)

One-pot to prep biomass for biofuels
The advantages of the one-stop shop have long been recognized in the retailing and services industries. Similar advantages would also be realized for the biofuels industry with the development of a "one-pot" processing system in which sugars could be extracted from biomass and turned into fuels in a single vat.  Read more from R&D Magazine.

Indian plastic packaging firm expands after 31% sales hike
Manjushree Technopack, which works with Coca Cola, Pepsi and Bisleri Indian bottled water, has announced its FY14 Q1 results as it plans to build a second factory in Bangalore. Read more from Food Navigator Asia.

Abstract Alerts

How to Attain an Ultralow Interfacial Tension and a Three-Phase Behavior with a Surfactant Formulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Review. Part 2. Performance Improvement Trends from Winsor’s Premise to Currently Proposed Inter- and Intra-Molecular Mixtures 
Jean-Louis Salager, Ana M. Forgiarini, Laura Márquez, Lisbeth Manchego, Johnny Bullón.
Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. September 2013, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 631-663. Read the Abstract or Download the Paper (.pdf)

Ensiling of Wheat Straw decreases the required Temperature in Hydrothermal Pretreatment
Morten Ambye-Jensen, Sune Tjalfe Thomsen, Zsófia Kádár and Anne S Meyer   
Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013, 6:116 doi:10.1186/1754-6834-6-116. Published: 14 August 2013.
Read the Abstract or Download the Provisional Paper (.pdf) 

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