April 21, 2021
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Canola could benefit from palm, soy biofuel bans
Belgium has banned biofuels made from palm and soy starting in 2022 over deforestation concerns, joining three other EU members with similar bans. Some observers think canola is the likely beneficiary of the trend toward banning alternative feedstocks in Europe.
Full Story: The Western Producer online (Canada) (4/16),  Mongabay (4/13) 
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Food, Nutrition & Health
The government of Singapore, a city-state that imports more than 90% of its food, is encouraging meat alternative companies to move there in a bid to become the center of a new industry in Asia. "We saw a strong ecosystem here in Singapore where there's a pool of global talents, access to investments and government support, proximity to neighboring markets," said Timo Recker, co-founder of Next Gen, which sells a chicken alternative to local restaurants in Singapore.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Researchers at Ohio State University found that participants taking high doses of omega-3 supplements produced less of the stress hormone cortisol and a pro-inflammatory protein when subjected to a stressful event, and protective compounds declined less rapidly afterward than in participants taking placebos. The research, partly funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, was published in Molecular Psychiatry.
Full Story: Ohio State University (4/19) 
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The FDA "has no questions about the safety"‚Äč of small amounts of genetically engineered canola that have infiltrated non-experimental fields "when inadvertently present in the food supply at low levels." The agency is reviewing the safety of the canola, engineered to produce certain omega-3 long-chain fatty acids, as a food product.
Full Story: FoodNavigator (4/15),  The National Law Review (4/14) 
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Research News
Researchers have developed a technique that stabilizes lipid nanoparticles at room temperature by enclosing them in crystalline exoskeletons, which could eliminate the need to store some COVID-19 vaccines at ultra-low temperatures. "Although we did not include in this work the specific lipid nanoparticles used in current COVID-19 vaccines, our findings are a step toward stabilizing a lipid nanoparticle in a way that's never been done before, so far as we know," said Jeremiah Gassensmith, a corresponding author of the study published in Nature Communications.
Full Story: University of Texas at Dallas (4/14) 
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Scientists are studying whether harnessing specific microbiota in the gut or simply promoting gut health can boost immunity against SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. A study in monkeys found that SARS-CoV-2 changes the gut microbiome and causes a decline in bacterial species that make short-chain fatty acids that travel through the bloodstream and protect mice from respiratory viruses, while other studies in mice have shown that exercise also improves SCFA levels, which could prevent complications of COVID-19.
Full Story: National Geographic (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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From the Inform News Desk
Research and development of vegetable oil-based oleo-compounds as waxes
Vegetable oil-based oleo-compounds are a potential alternative to the petrochemicals currently used in industrial applications, such as waxes for food packaging. Toni Wang, AOCS 2020 Alton E. Bailey Award Winner, will describe her groundbreaking work on sustainably sourced waxes in her award lecture on April 29, from 1-2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5). Mark your calendar and join us for the free livestream on our website, Facebook Live, or YouTube Live.
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Plan your schedule for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo and start learning!
Full details of the technical program, networking events and committee meetings for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo are now available. Registered attendees can start to build their own schedule for attending presentations on the three livestreams, May 3-14. Download the 2021 Attendee Guide (PDF) for directions. More than 280 ePosters are already available to view, and our Expo booths are open!
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