Posts tagged with ‘chitin’

  • Chitin from crustacean shells may hold key to preventing & treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)

    Yshimi Shibata, Ph.D., professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has received a $380,552 grant from the National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further investigate how microparticles called “chitin” found in crab, shrimp and lobster shells have anti-inflammatory mechanisms that could lead […]
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  • Crustacean shells may help prevent and treat inflammatory disease

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University and their colleagues have developed an oral form of microparticles in crab and other crustacean shells as a dietary supplement that may prevent and treat IBD and other inflammatory diseases. Yoshimi Shibata, Ph.D., professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has received a $380,552 grant from […]
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  • Calcium from crustacean waste converted into calcium lactate

    A team of researchers from the University of Sonora intends to use calcium from crustacean waste – shrimp, crab, lobster and squid, through its conversion into calcium lactate. This compound is a salt of high value that has multiple applications in the food industry and pharmaceuticals. In the case of the food industry, the calcium lactate is used as a […]
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  • Manufacturing a chitin-based solution to planet-clogging plastics

    Researchers at Harvard’s  have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects — from cell phones to food containers and toys — using a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. The objects exhibit many of the same properties as those created with synthetic plastics, but without the environmental threat. It also trumps most bioplastics on the […]
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  • Shrimp shells to mine uranium from the ocean

    Shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away by the seafood industry have been turned into tough fibres that can harvest valuable metals from water. Robin Rogers, and his team at the University of Alabama in the US, had long been interested in using ionic liquids to process cellulose but the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 encouraged them to try […]
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  • Seafood waste a versatile tonic for crops

    The chitin-rich waste parts of seafood can bring a range of benefits to horticultural and agricultural crops, according to a review paper by former Moulton College research coordinator Dr Russell Sharp. “Chitin and its derivatives have been repeatedly shown to protect crops from pests, pathogens and physiological disorders,” he wrote in the paper, published in the journal Agronomy. More info
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  • Marine biotech is ‘land of opportunity’ for cosmetics

    Marine biotechnology offers a ‘land of opportunities’ for personal care and cosmetics products producers, particularly in North America and Europe, according to a recent report by market research firm Technavio. More info
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  • Funding to aid Newfoundland processor explore potential of extracting oil from shrimp shells

    The provincial government has given Quinlan Brothers Limited $100,000 to determine if it is economically viable to extract Omega 3-enriched oil from shrimp waste. A news release states the funding will support market research, plant modifications, sample production and an assessment of what is required to meet the food and drug regulations of international markets. More info
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  • Chitin-derived microneedle patch could replace standard tuberculosis skin test

    Each year, millions of people in the United States get a tuberculosis skin test to see if they have the infection that still affects one third of the world’s population. But the standard diagnostic test is difficult to give, because a hypodermic needle must be inserted at a precise angle and depth in the arm to successfully check for tuberculosis. […]
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  • Shrimp shells offer jumbo benefits

    Norwegian food research institute Nofima is participating in a major EU-financed project in which ‘active’ packaging based on raw materials from shrimp shell improves and conserves food products and after use the packaging biodegrades. In the n-CHITOPACK project researchers are looking at biodegradable packaging made of chitin and chitosan from shrimp shells that will improve and conserve food products. Products […]
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