Posts tagged with ‘marine biopolymer’

  • Release of Mar. Drugs, Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2013), Pages 1427-1762

    MDPI announces the publication of the following issue: Mar. Drugs, Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2013), Pages 1427-1762 http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/11/5/
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  • Nofima Scientists Develop Biodegradable Food Packaging Made of Chitin & Chitosan from Shrimp Shell

    Scientists at Nofima are 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. Environmentally stubborn plastic is getting competition from biodegradable packaging made of chitin and chitosan from shrimp shell. Nofima’s part of the project equates to around NOK 1 […]
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  • Company to convert seafood waste into products

    A company that plans to convert seafood waste into a range of commercial products will move into an empty bottling plant in Opelousas, creating 50 new jobs over five years. AgraTech International said Wednesday it will spend $10 million to renovate the old Yoo-Hoo plant. The company will process shrimp, crawfish and crab shells to get chitosan, which is used […]
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  • FIRST NOTICE AND CALL FOR SYMPOSIA IMBC 2013

    10th International Marine Biotechnology Conference Genome to phenome: understanding to sustainable use Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-15 November 2013. The International Marine Biotechnology Conference is the premier meeting in marine biotechnology and micro-biotechnologies. Dating back to 1989, previous IMBCs have been held in Japan (twice), The United States of America, Norway, Italy, Australia, Canada, Israel, China and Australia. […]
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  • 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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