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Market Reports
Immunoassay Auto Trends 2014
HTStec

This report comprehensively documents current practices and preferences in immunoassays and to understand future user requirements, particularly with respect to immunoassay automation.
Scientific News
Apricot Kernels Pose Risk of Cyanide Poisoning
Eating more than three small raw apricot kernels, or less than half of one large kernel, in a serving can exceed safe levels. Toddlers consuming even one small apricot kernel risk being over the safe level.
Soy Shows Promise as Natural Anti-Microbial Agent
Researchers from University of Guelph show that soy isoflavones and peptides could be used to reduce microbial contamination of food.
First DNA Vaccine in the EU Recommended for Use in Salmon
Clynav to protect Atlantic salmon from serious infectious disease.
Grant to Fund Million Peaks Project
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious Advanced Grant to Prof. Peter Schoenmakers, Prof. Albert Polman and Prof. Huib Bakker, all three of whom work at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Finding Inorganic Arsenic in Foodstuffs
A new European standard method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.
Effective Identification of Low-Gliadin Wheat Lines
Researchers have demonstrated the use of NIRS to identify low-gliadin wheat lines.
Virus Causing Tilapia Die-Offs Identified
Discovery of the virus causing Tilapia die-offs in Israel and Ecuador points the way to protecting a fish that feeds multitudes.
Interactive Maps Reveal Global Obesity
World’s obese population hits 640 million, according to largest ever study.
Eating Green Could be in Your Genes
Genetic variation uncovered that has evolved in populations that have historically favored vegetarian diets, such as in India, Africa and parts of East Asia.
Detecting Bacterial Growth in Packaged Food
New technique enables fast, accurate and noninvasive measurement of bacteria levels.
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Helsinki Chemicals Forum Zeros in on The Circular Economy
Chemicals Management and Sustainable Chemistry Highlighted During Upcoming Conference in May

Expansion of Xylem Analytics Customer Solutions
Expansion will support goals to expand geographically and accelerate growth.
Fighting Ciguatoxin Food Poisoning
A cooperation project on ciguatoxin food poisoning involving 13 organisations from six Member States and EFSA is taking shape.
Rock River Lab Opens NY Lab
Rock River Laboratory has opened the doors to a new feed and forage analysis laboratory in Binghamton, N.Y.
Trajan Acquires LEAP Technologies
Bringing LEAP into the Trajan Group will complement the widening capability of Trajan.
$4.8M USAID Grant to Improve Food Security
To strengthen capacity to develop and disseminate genetically engineered eggplant in Bangladesh and the Philippines, the USAID has awarded Cornell a $4.8 million, three-year cooperative grant.
Shimadzu Establishes U.S. Innovation Center
Facility will focus on customization of both hardware and software to meet local demands and engage in application development in such areas as food safety, clinical medicine, and the environment.
ECBC, Biodetech Partner
Partnership to focus on the development of a novel food safety system.
LGC Named as a Centre of Expertise for Food Authenticity Testing
Company recognised as a Centre of Expertise for food authenticity testing in the UK and listed on the Virtual Food Authenticity Network.
A New £81.6M Food and Health Research Centre
The Quadram Institute is the name of the new centre for food and health research to be located at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in food, health and environmental sciences.

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Determination of C2-C12 Aldehydes in Water by SPME Arrow On-Fiber Derivatization and GC/MS
1 BGB Analytik AG, Lettenstrasse 97, 8134 Adliswil, Switzerland; 2 CTC Analytics AG, Industriestrasse 20, 4222 Zwingen, Switzerland

A method applying SPME Arrow extraction and on-fiber derivatization for the quantitation of C2-C12 aldehydes in water by GC/MS is described.
Assessing Diversity in Cassava through the Application of Metabolomics
aSchool of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK bInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT

In the present study metabolomic platforms have been established for Cassava and used to assess the biodiversity present in Cassava germplasm collections and elucidate underlying biochemical mechanisms associated with traits of interest.
A KNIME Pipeline for the Analysis of GC-MS Data in Metabolomics
1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Pathology, University of Cagliari, Italy; 2Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Laborat

A KNIME pipeline was developed to perform pre-processing of GC-MS data in an automated way and applied to a Inflammatory bowel diseases case study
PredRet: Prediction of Retention Time by Direct Mapping between Multiple Chromatographic Systems
Department of Food Quality and Nutrition, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy.; Department of Stress and Developmental Biology, Leibniz Institute

Retention time (RT) information is under-utilized in LC-MS based metabolomics and sharing of RTs between systems is not currently possible. PredRet is a new system that allows highly accurate mapping and prediction of RTs between LC systems.
Profiling of metabolomic changes induced by testosterone esters in pig plasma and urine
Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

In this study, metabolic fingerprinting to discriminate between pigs treated with 17ß-testosteron esters and control animals has been investigated. Multivariate statistical analysis showed significant metabolic differences between test and control groups on day 28 after aplication of the testosterone hormonal preparation.
A Simple Plate Based Assay Using pH Sensor Dye to Screen for Internalizing Antibody
Promega Corporation

Receptor mediated internalization is a key mechanism of action (MOA) for antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). However, current methods of studying antibody internalization have several limitations including: 1) A multistep process not suitable for screening; 2) Low signal-to-background ratios; 3) Not suitable for kinetic measurements. We have developed a method that mitigates problems associated with traditional internalization assays.
An IgG Cleaving Protease from S equi with Improved Activity Against Mouse IgGs
Promega Corporation

Here we have expressed and purified a modified recombinant IdeZ, and show that it has significantly improved activity against mouse IgG2a and IgG3 subclasses when compared to IdeS. We also demonstrate the use of IdeZ in LC-MS workflows for human and mouse IgG characterization.
Minimizing Carry-over for High Throughput Analysis
1FHNW Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Life Sciences Gründenstrasse 40 CH-4132 Muttenz; 2CTC Analytics AG Industriestrasse 20 CH-4222 Zwingen; Switzerland

Minimal carry-over is a prerequisite for high throughput analysis. However, minimized carry-over and cycle time are competing and a careful optimization is mandatory. In this study the influence of wash conditions on carry-over of various compounds was investigated. A strategy to minimize carry-over was developed. The influences of different wash tasks were investigated. Finally the contribution of different system components such as injector valve or column was studied.
A Comparison of ITEX Dynamic Headspace–GC/MS to other Enrichment Techniques for Analysis of Flavoring Compounds
1Aspen Research Corporation, Maple Grove, MN; 2CTC Analytics, Zwingen, Switzerland

Enrichment techniques are commonly used for the analysis of flavoring compounds in different matrices with GC/MS. Analysis of flavoring compounds is done by purge & trap, SPME or headspace, depending on requirements for sensitivity. The In-Tube Ex¬traction (ITEX) Dynamic Headspace uses a micro trap filled with an adsorbent material to efficiently extract the compounds. Here we evaluate if the ITEX can be used to effectively analyze for these compounds and reduce the analyst’s time involved.
Automated in-gel digestion on a commercial autosampler directly coupled to nanoLC-MS/MS
University of Bern, Department of Clinical Research, Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, Bern, Switzerland : CTC Analytics AG, Zwingen, Switzerland

SDS-PAGE separates protein samples from LC-MS incompatible contaminations, and is frequently used to fractionate proteins of entire proteomes. One disadvantage is that gel lanes have to be cut into many slices, followed by in-gel digestion of proteins and extraction of peptides. The number of these gel slices goes into the hundreds, rendering this process very repetitive and prone to mistakes and errors during sample handling. Automation reduces such risks and improves reproducibility.
Application Notes
Using rheology to study the hardness and spreadability of butter
Malvern Instruments Limited

Butter is a multiphase emulsion consisting of fat globules, crystalline fat and an aqueous phase dispersed in a continuous oil phase.
Measurement of Dairy and Food Emulsions using Laser Diffraction
Malvern Instruments Limited

The particle size of the fat droplets present in dairy and other food emulsions is important in defining properties such as flavor release, mouth feel and the emulsion stability.
Understanding the production and perception of chocolate through particle size analysis
Malvern Instruments Limited

Chocolate occupies a special place in the Western palate and one of its attractions is known to be due to its unique mouthfeel.
Rapid point of use Grouper Chek™ assay using the Douglas Scientific® AmpliFire® detects seafood fraud
Douglas Scientific

The AmpliFire by Douglas Scientific along with GrouperChek isothermal amplification chemistry from PureMolecular, LLC provide a simple and portable tool to perform genetic analysis at the point of use. This paper demonstrates the ability of the AmpliFire combined with the GrouperChek assay to differentiate the highly prized grouper from tilapia, a common illegal substitute.
Utilization of kinITC in AFFINImeter
Malvern Instruments Limited

This note discusses how and when can kinetic information be retrieved from ITC power curves.
Aseptic Identification of Polysorbates using Handheld Raman
Rigaku Raman Technologies

As polysorbates are reactive to light and air, packaging is usually in thick, dark, amber bottles. This makes the identification process more difficult, as opening the container could compromise the sterility and quality of these materials. Handheld Raman is capable of identifying these materials without any sampling or preparation.
Herbal Materials and Natural Foods Analysis with Handheld Raman
Rigaku Raman Technologies

Dietary supplement manufacturers are required to use at least one appropriate test method to verify the identity of any component or excipient that is used in the manufacturing of a dietary supplement, as well as confirmation of identity of the product.
Simple sample preparation for the determination of vitamin D in serum by LC-MSMS
Tecan Group Ltd.

A growing number of laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for the determination of vitamin D. The advantage of the latter method is unparalleled specificity combined with high sensitivity, offering the potential for the determination of multiple analytes, such as 25OH-vitamin D3 and 25OH-vitamin D2.
Automated Sample Preparation of 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2 from Serum with the AC Extraction Plate and the Tecan Freedom EVO® for the quantification by LC-MS/MS
Tecan Group Ltd.

There is an increasing demand for the determination of Vitamin D status which is based on the quantification of the two metabolites 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2. Numerous laboratories have moved from the use of immunoassay methods to liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) because of its specificity combined with high sensitivity. Moreover LC-MS/MS offers the potential for multianalyte determination which is required for Vitamin D status determination.
Colony Picking - fully automated screening of fungi
Tecan Group Ltd.

Manual screening processes are very costly and time consuming. This ambitious project for high throughput screening (HTS) of cellulase-producing fungal strains demonstrates the high capacity and unique features of the Freedom EVO colony picking workstation. The picking of fungi is more complex than for typical bacterial colonies, and requires advanced selection criteria to be combined with complex pipetting and a tip movement that mimics the manual picking process.
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