Food design & research

How E. coli chats

23 June, 2017 by

They can't use smartphones or Wi-Fi, but bacteria have evolved some seriously complex strategies to communicate with one another. And the resulting interactions are a delicate balance of cooperation and, in some cases, competition. Biologists have uncovered a new way that bacteria lay siege to neighbouring cells by hijacking two factors involved in protein synthesis.


Diarrhoea and pathogen clearance

20 June, 2017 by

Yuk! Food poisoning. One of the first symptoms of a gastrointestinal infection is often diarrhoea. Is this just a symptom of the disease or does diarrhoea play a role in pathogen clearance?


Milk protein research may lead to understanding of age-related diseases in humans

16 June, 2017 by

A recent milk study on UHT milk is helping scientists better comprehend Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes, leading to opportunities to improve treatments for these age-related diseases.


A taste for whisky

09 June, 2017 by

Whiskies might vary in taste and smell, but they are so alike in chemical composition that most analyses can't tell two similar brews apart.


Improving foodborne disease surveillance on a global scale

09 June, 2017 by

Roughly 10% of people fall ill each year after eating contaminated food but identifying the source of the contamination is not simple, especially as symptoms sometimes only become evident weeks after the pathogen-containing food was consumed.


Oyster parasite found on Stewart Island

01 June, 2017 by

Two oyster farms on Stewart Island have Bonamia ostreae, a naturally occurring parasite. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the detection, saying the parasite can be fatal for flat oysters; however, there is no food safety issue from eating oysters with the organism.


Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators

26 May, 2017 by | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

The Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators for temperature applications ranging from 4 to 60°C utilise compressor technology designed to provide favourable temperature conditions for applications that require thermal stability and uniformity above, around or below the usual ambient laboratory temperature.


Guar gum sales recover

23 May, 2017 by

The demand for guar gum is forecast to recover from the minor losses registered between 2011 and 2016, expanding almost 2% yearly to 53 million pounds in 2021.


Is sucralose safe?

16 May, 2017 by

Research at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on sucralose — the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA Sweeteners — concludes it to be safe.


NIZO and PSE form a centre of excellence for food product and process modelling

26 April, 2017 by

Dutch food and nutrition contract research organisation NIZO and UK-based Process Systems Enterprise have announced the formation of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Food Product and Process Modelling.


Intestinal bacteria, diet, metabolism and health

12 April, 2017 by

A metabolite produced by intestinal bacteria has been shown to offer protection against type 2 diabetes.


The molecule that protects against aflatoxin

07 April, 2017 by

Researchers have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries.


How robots and drones will help feed the world

05 April, 2017 by

A team of researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and unmanned aerial drones to gather and analyse data on the physical characteristics of crops, including their growth patterns, stress tolerance and general health.


How to stop mould growing on fresh food

24 March, 2017 by

A plasma-based technology is proving successful in stopping the growth of moulds on fresh produce.


Using shellfish to fight food poisoning

23 March, 2017 by

Chitosan — a natural carbohydrate derived from crustacean shells — has been found to have potential to fight Clostridium perfringens food poisoning, which causes abdominal pain, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and nausea.


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