Posts tagged with ‘marine biopolymer’

  • Marine biotechnology advances towards applications in new functional foods

    The marine ecosystem is still an untapped reservoir of biologically active compounds, which have considerable potential to supply food ingredients towards development of new functional foods. With the goal of increasing the availability and chemical diversity of functional marine ingredients, much research has been developed using biotechnological tools to discover and produce new compounds. This review summarizes the advances in […]
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  • Characterization of allergenic and antimicrobial properties of Chitin and Chitosan and formulation of Chitosan-based edible film for instant food casing

    Derived from shrimp shells, chitin and chitosan are non-toxic, biodegradable and biocompatible. However, some residual proteins from shrimp shells such as tropomyosin and arginine kinase could remain in these products and cause allergic reactions among consumers. Therefore, this study was aimed at investigation of their antimicrobial activity and allergenicity before applying to edible packaging for instant noodles. Two antibodies were […]
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  • Natural Product Produced by Marine Algae Shows Promise in Stroke Recovery Treatment

    A new study using brevetoxin-2, a compound produced naturally by marine algae, stimulated nerve cell growth and plasticity in cultured mouse neurons. This research advances a potentially new pharmacological treatment to aid recovery of brain function following a stroke or other traumatic brain injury. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States with more than 795,000 people […]
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  • Marine biotechnology promises huge benefits, but at what risk to our seas?

    Scientists have pinpointed a new treasure trove in our oceans: micro-organisms that contain millions of previously unknown genes and thousands of new families of proteins. These tiny marine wonders offer a chance to exploit a vast pool of material that could be used to create innovative medicines, industrial solvents, chemical treatments and other processes, scientists say. Researchers have already created new enzymes […]
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  • Beating shoe smells with crab shells

    Portuguese researchers are working to make anti-microbial shoes by treating leather with a modified chemical from crab shells. Chitosan is a linear polysaccharide made from the deacylation of chitin, the structural component that makes up the shells of various crustaceans. In fact, chitin is the second most common dietary fibre after cellulose; however, it’s chitosan’s anti-microbial properties that are being exploited […]
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  • Chitosan used to lengthen shelf life of bananas in China

    Scientists have figured out how to use chitosan — a substance derived from shrimp and crab shells — to delay the ripening of bananas for up to two weeks. Scientists speaking in Philadelphia at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society described experiments designed to develop a spray-on coating that consumers could use themselves. The coating, […]
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  • Shrividya Enterprises announces addition to capacity of Chitin and Protein

    Shrividya Enterprises, Mumbai, India based manufacturer of Chitin and Protein announced increase in the production capacity: Chitin capacity is increased from 40MT Per year to 60MT per year and Protein capacity increased from 108MT per year to 216MT per year Chitin is basic raw material for upstream compounds such as ,Glucosamine Sulphate and Chitosan.Chitin Is Extracted from shrimp/ Prawn shells. Chitin […]
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  • Algae Biomass Summit to Reveal Latest Engineering Advances for Commercial Production of Domestic, Low-Carbon, Renewable Fuels Made From Algae

    The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Denver, Co. September 24-27 will showcase in its Engineering and Analysis track nearly 30 presentations by leading research scientists from national and corporate laboratories. The sessions will inform technical audiences about the latest in algae growing methodologies, biofuel and oil analysis, and similar developments related to growing and harvesting algae for […]
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  • Aquapharm and c-LEcta collaboration on marine-derived biocatalysts

    In a pioneering collaboration the leading Scottish biotechnology company Aquapharm and German industrial biotechnology firm c-LEcta are set to fast-track the discovery and commercialisation of a new wave of bio-catalysts. c-LEcta is skilled in the identification and engineering of enzymes and strains for optimized bio-catalytic industry processes, whilst Aquapharm has proven expertise in harnessing the commercial potential of its unique […]
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  • VG Energy to Launch First Commercial Product, LipidMax(TM) for Palm and Algae Oil Production

    Viral Genetics (pinksheets:VRAL), through its majority owned subsidiary VG Energy, is now verifying the chemical activity in industrial scale batches of LipidMax(TM) in response to demand for the product from research institutes and from industry. LipidMax, the first product marketed by VG Energy, is a lipid enhancement compound for use in the production of oils from algae and other plants […]
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