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Food and Beverage Analysis – News and Features

Blue colored, rod-shaped bacteria.

Some Listeria Have Adapted To Live on Food Factory Floors

Bacterial populations can remain stable on factory floors despite cleaning efforts in ready-to-eat food production facilities, reports new research.
Two salmon jumping out of the water, swimming upstream.

Salmon Parasites Are on the Rise in Alaska – That's a Good Thing

A study of old cans of salmon reveals that parasites are on the rise – which is a sign the fish come from a healthy ecosystem.
View of a petri dish with cholera bacteria (Vibrio cholerae).

Tiny RNA Molecules Play Key Role in Bacterial Defense Against Viruses

A research team has examined in detail the complex interaction of attack and defence strategies when cholera-causing bacteria are infected with a bacteriophage known as VP882 and discovered that tiny RNA molecules play a decisive role.
Two yellow Salmonella bacteria.

Bacterial RNAs’ Half-Life Is Three Times Shorter Than Assumed

RNA decay is a crucial mechanism for controlling gene expression and a new study shows that bacterial RNA decays faster than previously thought.
Group of female scientists standing together in a laboratory.

Reversing the Tide To Provide More Opportunity for Women in STEM

How do we reverse the tide and break down the barriers that are impeding women and girls in STEM? Courtney Noah explores the possible solutions in this opinion piece.
Ants on a stick.

How Four Ant Species Differ in Taste

Researchers now report the unique aroma profiles of four species of edible ants, which taste markedly different from one another.
A smiling baby lies on their stomach.

Gut Bacteria in Newborns Produce Serotonin To Educate Immune Cells

New research has revealed that unique bacteria colonize the gut shortly after birth and produce serotonin to educate gut immune cells, preventing allergic reactions to food and the bacteria themselves.
Tiny figures representing people from the stone age.

Study Explores the Landscape of Bacterial Diseases During the Stone Age

Bacterial poisoning via food and water – but also via contact such as kisses – caused a lot of suffering during the Stone Age. Diseases that today can be treated with antibiotics were then fatal, a new study shows.
Someone having blood taken.

Donor Diets May Trigger Allergic Reactions in Blood Recipients

Allergic transfusion reactions (ATRs), a potentially life-threatening side effect of blood transfusions with unclear mechanisms, may be linked to food allergies in pediatric patients as per a recent study by scientists from Japan.
A scientist with gloved hands using tweezers to pick up a sample of a dried bean from a selection of pots of pulses.

Chromatography Techniques Shed Light on the Pervasive Toxins in Our Food Supply

Researchers shed light on the pervasive presence of natural toxins, environmental pollutants and food-processing contaminants in our food and review the techniques used to detect them that are gaining popularity.