Food design & research > Test systems

Characterising 'normal' milk

30 June, 2017

To minimise the chances of the global milk supply being impacted by safety breaches, IBM and Cornell University are using genetic sequencing and big data analytics to characterise milk.


How E. coli chats

23 June, 2017

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.


A taste for whisky

09 June, 2017

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

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

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

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.


Fast testing system for E. coli and Listeria in leafy vegetables validated

24 February, 2017

A new system method that provides clear results in just 45 minutes and delivers final results within the time frame of a production shift has been validated by the FDA and EP.


Finally, a way to culture norovirus in the lab

29 August, 2016

Forty-eight years after noroviruses were first identified, researchers have found a way to grow them in the lab — opening a path for researchers to develop systems to prevent and treat norovirus infections.



Salmonella research boosted by $10 million grant

13 April, 2016

To improve understanding about the interactions between Salmonella bacteria and immune cells infected by the pathogen, as well as treatment for such infections, Stanford University is opening the Allen Discovery Center for Multiscale Systems Modeling of Macrophage Infection.


AusScan Online expands analysis for soyabean meal

24 February, 2016

AusScan Online has added eight new parameters to its Total and Standard ileal digestible (SID) amino acid product for soyabean meal analysis.


The genetics behind Salmonella's host specificity

04 November, 2015

Why are some strains (serovars) of Salmonella bacteria specific to certain types of animals? Some infect cows, others poultry and still others affect primarily humans. Why this specificity?


Rapid method developed for water, soil pathogen screening

19 October, 2015

A highly sensitive, cost-effective technology can perform rapid bacterial pathogen screening of air, soil, water and agricultural produce in as little as 24 hours.


The ultimate guide to automated product inspection

12 October, 2015

To remain competitive, Australian manufacturers need to guarantee excellent quality whilst protecting their profit margins. To achieve these standards, human inspection is no longer enough. Automated product inspection ticks all the boxes whilst reducing operational expenses and optimising plant efficiency.


Database searches for the GMO in packaged food

30 September, 2015

A Californian food tech start-up wants to be the go-to search engine to bring full transparency to the food industry.


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