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Insects – THE New Animal Feed in the EU

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The world population increases and so does the need for food. In order to breed more livestock, naturally, more animal feed is necessary but production of protein rich feed, such as soy and fishmeal are damaging the environment. Several alternatives have been proposed but one in particular seems very promising: insects!

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Food Safety

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a serious health risk to humans and animals in the EU and beyond. This video explains what AMR is and what is being done to reduce the problem.

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Stunning Images from Microscopy

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Download this image gallery to see how a variety of techniques have been used to capture stunning images of the world beyond the naked eye.

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6 Innovative Applications of Microbes

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Microbes have many beneficial properties and for many years, humans, animals and plants have exploited them for their own benefit.We discuss some of the many and varied uses to which microbes are being applied.

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What’s New in the Food Analysis Toolkit?

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In areas, such as food analysis where detection of contaminants may be imperative to prevent dangers to consumers, speed and reliability is key. We spoke to Tim Jenkins from Waters Corporation, about their coupling of DART to the QDa mass detector with a software solution aimed to enhance compound identification.

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Ash from Wildfires Could be Protecting Us from Harm

Ash from Wildfires Could be Protecting Us from Harm

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Studying ash from recent California wildfires has shown that burned material in forests might help sequester mercury that otherwise would be released into the environment.

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Saliva-based Alzheimer's Test Could be the Future
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Three biomarkers for detecting mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease in saliva samples have been identified.

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All Things in Moderation
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People who eat a diet rich in red meat have triple the TMAO levels, linked to heart disease, of those who eat a diet rich in either white meat or mostly plant-based proteins.

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What's With Smelly Wine?
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Aging often improves the flavor of wine, but sometimes the beverage emerges from storage with an unpleasant smell.

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Using Supercomputers to Predict Dispersal of Chemicals and Pollutants
Using Supercomputers to Predict Dispersal of Chemicals and Pollutants
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Motivated by a deadly chemical attack in Syria, researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio are pursuing research that may help save lives during an airborne chemical attack. The team used the Stampede2 supercomputer and innovative computer simulation models to replicate the dispersion of the chemical gas released in the Syrian event, which may help improve evacuation speed during future attacks.

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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival
Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival
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A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.

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High-Throughput LC-MS for Early Drug Screening and Biomarker Detection
High-Throughput LC-MS for Early Drug Screening and Biomarker Detection
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In this article, we explore two novel high-throughput analytical methods based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis that can augment early drug screening and biomarker detection in the clinic.

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Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
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When you go to the shops to buy the weekly groceries, it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself thinking about where your food has come from. Is this organic? Is that free-range? You are perhaps less likely to find yourself wondering, “Is this food fake?”

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Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
Understanding the Lytic Cycle – What Are the Steps?
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Bacteriophage (phage) are viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They have a two-phase lifecycle, residing in a dormant state within the host genome (lysogenic cycle) or hijacking the host cellular machinery for their own replication (lytic cycle). Here we will explore the important steps of the lytic cycle.

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Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
Cold Plasma for Seed, Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination and Plant Disease Control
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An effective way to increase crop yield is to minimize losses to pathogenic microorganisms by improving the disease resistance of crop plants. A recently emerging alternative to conventional methods for improving plant disease resistance is cold plasma.

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