Posts tagged with ‘chitosan’

  • Enzymatic production of chitin oligosaccharides developed in China

    On April 17th, 2009, a research project funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China — enzymatic production of chitin oligosaccharides, was checked and accepted by experts assembled by State Oceanic Administration of China. The project, conducted by Third Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, was unanimously evaluated as innovative and internationally advanced. It was found by the […]
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  • Japanese research team develops nanometers-thick surgical band-aid from chitosan

    A team of university researchers has developed the world’s thinnest band-aid — an adhesive bandage one thousand times thinner than plastic wrap, designed for surgical use. The joint research team involving Waseda University, the National Defense Medical College and other institutions, have dubbed it the “Nano Bansoko” (nano band-aid). One side is strongly adhesive, designed to stick to tissues around […]
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  • U.S. Seafood Processors Missing Out on Opportunity for Additional Value and Revenue With Byproducts

    Strategro International, a market entry and business growth consultancy, spoke to a packed room of seafood processors at the International Boston Seafood Show recently offering examples of how companies and researchers worldwide are developing valuable products from seafood processing waste streams. For the unenlightened seafood company, seafood byproducts can pose a headache and a significant cost item for disposal, storage, […]
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  • Engineering Blood Vessels from Chitosan

    A Florida State University researcher is developing methods for regenerating blood vessels damaged by secondhand tobacco smoke, by using chitosan and gelatin. A postdoctoral researcher at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering since 2003, Feng Zhao’s main area of research is tissue engineering — the creation of synthetic or natural materials that can be used to replace part of a living […]
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  • Lobster Shell Compounds Can Heal

    Scientists in Cuba say two compounds from lobster shells — chitin and chitosan — have healing and bio-stimulant properties. The University of Havana researchers said the compounds can be used to produce surgical materials with great healing and antiseptic properties, as well as to enhance growth speed and germination in seeds. More Information
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  • Omega-3 Encapsulation in Chitosan Gets Study Boost

    Wanwimol Klaypradit and Yao-Wen Huang from the University of Georgia’s Department of Food Science and Technology report that combining chitosan and maltodextrin and applying the ultrasonic technique produced the smallest particles with highest emulsion stability, with high retention of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The research also explores the potential of an ultrasonic atomizer for the encapsulation process, […]
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  • Crab Shells and Fungi May Hold a Key to Asthma

    While humans and other vertebrates do not produce chitin, the human body is equipped to recognize and eliminate it. A new study by researchers at University of California indicates that a less active form of AMCase might allow our adaptive, or learned, immune system to recruit too many cells in its attempt to rid the body of chitin, eventually inflaming […]
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  • Surplus Jellyfish Seen as Additive Source

    In recent years populations of jellyfish have been exploding, which may present the food and cosmetics industries with interesting new additives.Writing in the Journal of Natural Products, researchers from the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Saitama, and Shimva Chemical Industries in Kyoto, describe a process for extracting high yields of a protein substance called mucin that could be […]
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