Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Free: JAOCS article of the month 'New Analytical Evidence of Discontinuous Oxidation in Dried Microencapsulated Lipids'

Researchers led by Arturo Morales at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, analyzed the formation of primary and secondary oxidation products in a model system of microencapsulated oils in a dairy-like matrix similar to infant formula. “The study shows that a substantial amount of secondary oxidation products and polymerization compounds can be detected in encapsulated methyl esters, even at low levels of global oxidation,” said Silvana Martini, JAOCS senior associate editor, who chose this research as the JAOCS article of the month. These results could help explain rancidity in foods with low contents of primary oxidation compounds such as hydroperoxides. This paper is available free of charge until January 16, 2016.

Read or download at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11746-015-2724-2


Monday, November 23, 2015

AOCS November 2015 Newsletter Highlights

Award News

Since 1999, AOCS has selected members who have made outstanding contributions to the technological aspects of the profession and to the growth of the Society. This is a distinctive and prestigious honor that can only be earned through years (15 or more) of dedication and service. Nominations due December 1, 2015—visit the website for more details.

For graduate students!
Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is now open. The award is for the 2015–2016 academic year. The Fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend and $5,000 for research funding. Application deadline is February 1, 2016. Visit the website for more details.

Inform Feature Article

A research group at Claflin University, South Carolina, USA, has demonstrated that extracting polyphenols from soybean hulls at room temperature could make soy hull extract an attractive alternative to synthetic antioxidants. Their article, from the November-December issue of Inform magazine, is available via the magazine’s digital edition.

AOCS Press News

JAOCS selects new editor-in-chief
On behalf of the JAOCS Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, AOCS is pleased to announce that Dr. James A. Kenar has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. His term begins in May 2016.

Jim Kenar is a research chemist at the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He has been a senior associate editor for JAOCS since 2006, and an associate editor from 2000–2006. He has also served on several Annual Meeting planning committees, as well as on AOCS membership committees.

Kenar succeeds Dr. Richard W. Hartel, who has been editor-in-chief since 2006. During Hartel’s tenure, the journal has seen a growth in submissions, published papers (up 33%), and increased international exposure. Visit the JAOCS website, now with journal usage metrics, to view the entire editorial board.

Academic Press and AOCS Press website launches
We are excited to announce the new website is up! Moving forward, our new books will be co-branded under Academic Press and AOCS Press, and you can purchase these, as well as a selection of our pre-existing titles, on the Elsevier store website. Titles can be purchased in print and digital formats, and will also be available on ScienceDirect, EBSCO, and many other digital libraries. Elsevier offers free shipping worldwide, and AOCS members receive a 30% discount on AOCS Press titles and all Elsevier Science and Technology books.

107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo News and Updates

It’s not too late to submit!
Abstract reviews have begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to submit! Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be accepted as program space allows until January 11, 2016. Submit as soon as possible for optimal consideration! View interest areas and abstract submission guidelines.

Interested in organizing a session? Build a Hot Topics Symposium with expert speakers to shed light on an emerging theme within the fats and oils industries. Session proposals are currently being reviewed—submit yours today! View submission guidelines.

Avoid housing scams
Orchid Event Solutions is the only official housing company for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Any person or organization that calls you directly about making a hotel reservation is not affiliated with AOCS, Orchid Event Solutions, or any AOCS Annual Meeting hotel. Do not provide any personal information, especially your credit card number. Official housing for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will open in January 2016.

Annual Meeting Program Committee meets in Chicago—big plans for 2016
AOCS held a planning meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA last month with the Program Committee for the 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. In attendance were Dilip Nakhasi (Bunge Oils, Inc.), Christine Rogers-Kelly (Mississippi State Chemical Lab), Tiffanie West (Bunge Oils, Inc.), Michael Rogers (University of Guelph), Khalid Mahmood (Johnson & Johnson Consumer), Rongpeng Jason Wang (CVC Thermoset Specialties - Emerald Performance Materials), Xiangqing Shawn Pan (DuPont Nutrition & Health), Matthias Rebmann (Perimondo), Grant Mitchell (Process Plus, LLC), Jianping Wu (University of Alberta), and AOCS staffers Jeff Newman, Elizabeth Garard, Ellen Snipes, Donna Elbon, and Tiffany Perry. The 107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is scheduled for May 1–4, 2016 and will include an expanded technical program with two new interest areas, joint sessions developed with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and the return of the Expo! Registration and housing will open in January 2016.

New CRMs available

AOCS Technical Services announces the release of new cottonseed certified reference materials 1012-A (Syngenta non-modified powder) and 1012-C (Syngenta COT102). Now available in the AOCS store.

Upcoming AOCS Meetings

107th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
May 1–4, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Now accepting papers, submit your abstract today!

World Conference on Fabric and Home Care—Singapore 2016
October 5–7, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Upcoming Industry Meetings

The 2016 Emerald Conference 
anuary 21–22, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  

OFIC 2016 
October 19–21, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Call for posters is now open!'


Saturday, November 21, 2015

New issue of Inform magazine now available. Read the entire digital edition for FREE!

The Nov/Dec issue of Inform magazine is available online now with a lineup of ten features available for free reading. The features cover a broad range of topics, including: a cover article on the power of biopeptides; soy hull extract as an alternative to synthetic antioxidants; enhancing the stability of olive oil with natural ingredients; upgrading glycerol for higher value applications; hydroxylated waxes for use in cosmetics …and several others. 

Bookmark the link to the current edition for future reference and then follow it to read any or all of these articles (plus many other articles in the back issues).

Monday, November 2, 2015

Canadian fats and oils conference had winning formula for success

There are three main components to a world-class conference: program, sponsorship and attendees.

That’s the verdict of Dérick Rousseau and Nicolas Bertrand, who recently organized the Canadian section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (CAOCS) 25th conference on fats and oils, held in Québec City in early October 2015.

“We were very fortunate to have a critical mass of quality attendees with a strong program and supportive sponsors,” said Rousseau, a professor at Ryerson University and conference chair. “We had excellent feedback. People were impressed with the high calibre of presentations and attendees, and the networking opportunities that were there.”

Rousseau says in his experience, finding an organization to partner with on common interests has often proven successful.

The CAOCS event was jointly organized with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses in Quebec (CRIBIQ), an organization with a goal to facilitate collaboration between industry and research institutions for bioprocess development within the province.

“This year we worked to bring more industry partners to an event that has been traditionally academia,” said Bertrand, project manager with CRIBIQ.  “We introduced an industry track for most of the conference program that ran parallel to the academic side. It was very well received.”

Industry participants came from the United States and Canada, representing agricultural biotechnology, bioproducts, and regulatory bodies. But the conference also remained true to its roots by promoting the involvement of academic researchers and students throughout the program.

“These students are going to be the future of the fats and oils industry,” said Rousseau. “The quality of the scientific material students presented was very good. When we’re dealing with food-related research, it has to be relevant to industry and consumers. We’ve seen a disconnect in recent years, and it’s time we bridge that gap.”

Of the three million tonnes of vegetable oil produced in Canada each year, 80 per cent of it is exported, mainly to the U.S. and China.

In 2011, the Canadian vegetable oil industry had global economic benefits of $6.7 billion for the Canadian economy. Globally, vegetable oils are mainly used in human food applications, animal feed and industrial applications.

While Canada’s canola sector represents approximately 90 per cent of the vegetable oil produced in Canada, there is also a lot of interest in the development of specialty trait oils like high oleic canola and soybean, and camelina.

The CAOCS conference is held every two years, alternating between Western Canada and Eastern Canada.


Courtesy Lisa McLean


Versitech Limited and Agragen, LLC enter into an exclusive licensing agreement to enhance the agronomic performance of camelina- News Release

Agragen, a Cincinnati-based biotechnology company, announces it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Versitech Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Hong Kong, for two key technologies to enhance the agronomic performance of camelina.

These new technologies, when coupled with Agragen’s world-leading technology to genetically modify camelina, will enable Agragen to potentially double the yield of camelina. “Early results from one of the technologies indicate a yield enhancement of camelina over two-fold,” says Eric J. Murphy, Agragen chief Scientific officer. “The other technology looks to enhance oil yield under drought conditions and enables camelina to make oil more efficiently,” notes Murphy. “The enhanced yield enables competitively priced feed-stock for biofuels, even in today’s low price oil market.”

This new ability to produce low-cost camelina oil, coupled with the company’s principals’ extensive experience in using camelina-derived oil to produce low carbon footprint jet fuel and large-scale production of camelina in the field, makes this effort a significant shift in the prospects for camelina to become a source for sustainable production of biofuel feedstock. This is especially attractive because camelina can be used in double cropping systems, which maximizes land use across agricultural production worldwide.

In addition to biofuels, Agragen has embarked on making bioactive lipids for use in human health and disease. “While other groups have worked on making fish oil in camelina, our patent position for the transformation of camelina enables us to enter into this market in a very meaningful way,” says Murphy.

In the near future, Agragen will announce how this new technology licensed from Versitech Limited will be coupled with other technologies to enhance the production of bioactive lipids for use to promote human health and combat disease. “We have a couple of great, very unique oils in the pipeline that have the potential to become important players in human health,” notes Murphy.
Agragen is focused on transforming camelina into a key platform for oil production for use in biofuels and in human health applications. This innovative technology offers a new horizon for camelina, a truly exciting time for human health and alternative fuels.