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Understanding bacterial defence mechanisms

Scientists have combined chemistry and biology research techniques to explain how certain bacteria grow structures on their surfaces that...

Safe alternative to sulfur dioxide

Researchers have developed and tested an effective new technique that combines hot water treatment, rachis removal, and modified atmosphere...

Americans smarter than English, intelligence study

Researchers have carried out the first international comparison of cognitive function in nationally representative samples of older adults...

Prebiotics: chicory inulin and oligofructose ready to boom

Traditionally in dairy products, in combination or not with probiotics, prebiotics have found their way into the broad nutritional and...

Monitoring carbon dioxide and oxygen in fermentation processes

Fermentation is commonly used for a variety of pharmaceutical production processes, such as the production of recombinant therapeutic proteins in yeast and the biotransformation of chemical drug intermediates to reduce the feedstock to the...

Bread improvers: it's all a matter of dispensing dosage quantities

From time immemorial the quality of bakery products has been influenced by the combination of raw materials, the baking process and the professional skills of the baker. In each of these areas a steady development can be observed. Ralf...

Impingement: freezing technology for speed, safety and quality

Frigoscandia Equipment developed impingement technology for flat products in 1994 as a way of delivering the same speed and quality as cryogenic freezing but at half the cost. By 2001, the technology had already been adopted for more than...

Importance of printed materials in branding of packaging and labelling

A brand can be defined as a collection of perceptions in the mind of the consumer. Brands offer the consumer something more than just the tangible product. They make people feel secure, accepted, and in a better state of mind than before...

The new cleaners ­hygiene products are now based on biotechnology

The development of biotechnology-based cleaners is helping to clean up the world in more ways than one. Not only are these cleaners often more effective than their traditional counterparts, but they are safer to dispose of, less aggressive...

Drink your way to health as the antioxidants in tea cut free radicals

For centuries, people have attributed many favourable benefits to tea. Today, their assumptions are being confirmed as research shows that drinking tea can help prevent certain diseases. This arises from the antioxidants found in tea...

Lactoferrin: the first line of defence for the body's immune system

Pathogens now face a new adversary. It goes by the innocuous name of lactoferrin, but this bioactive peptide, which is now being deployed in functional foods and drinks, health food supplements, infant formula, and animal feed, may turn out...

Hybrid particle technologyand its use in HPLC

High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been a mainstay of the laboratory scientist for many years. However,there is a new chromatographic base material which is leadingto dramatic performance improvements, including an extended...

Supercritical water oxidation: the answer to organic waste disposal?

Environmentally benign waste disposal is becoming a more and more acute problem. A newly-developed process, supercritical water oxidation is demonstrating extremely efficient organic waste destruction (99.99 per cent) plus excellent...

New micro-encapsulated beadlet line of natural carotenoids and vitamins

LycoRed Ltd., Israel, will introduce a new line of micro-encapsulated and sustainable natural carotenoid and vitamin beadlets at SupplySide...

Project & portfolio management in the pharmaceutical industry

Fleming Europe will be discussing new PPM strategies such as innovation and partnering, portfolio risk analyses, project prioritization, emerging markets and many more at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany from 15 – 16 November.

Shape and size matter when analysing food particles

It is vital that food manufacturers have a greater understanding of the influence of both particle shape and size on ingredient properties....

RNAi and DsiRNA: pathway, mechanism and design

Since its discovery, scientists have co-opted the RNAi mechanism as an experimental tool for studying the effects of gene silencing both in...

Happy cows produce more milk

A recent study found that on farms where each cow was called by her name the overall milk yield was higher than on farms where the cattle...

Vicks VapoRub may be harmful

Vicks VapoRub, the popular salve used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may be harmful for infants and toddlers.

Streamlining dry bean continuous blanching for full-bean hydration

New technical applications in continuous bean hydration and blanching are providing significantly improved efficiencies over traditional continuous blanching systems and dry bean soak tanks. Jim McMahon reports.

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