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  • Rescue for Sardines and Anchovies: Produce DHA through biotechnology using microalgae

    Bioprocess engineers Anja Lemoine and Stefan Junne are researching substitutes for fishmeal and fish oil in aquacultures by fermenting waste into different acids and then feeding these to microalgae. While others stockpile food, Lemoine and Junne hoard leftovers in the fridges of the Chair of Biopro more

  • Efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

    Researchers have presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production. The newly developed strain, created by Professor Sang Yup Lee and his team, more

  • How plants defend themselves

    Like humans and animals, plants defend themselves against pathogens with the help of their immune system. But how do they activate their cellular defenses? Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered that receptors in plant cells identify bacteria through simple molec more

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Why is Olive Oil Awesome?

Whether you sop it up with bread or use it to boost your cooking, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry goes on in that bottle that can make or break a product. Take the “extra virgin” standard: Chemistry tells us that a higher free-fatty-acid content leads to a lower grade, less tasty oi ... more

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A Guide to the Different Types of Fat

Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes more

Deuterating fatty acids to treat diseases

Maksim Fomich is currently looking into creating deuterated polyunsaturated fatty acid compounds, with a view to using them to potentially treat a range of diseases. Here, he shows the premise behind his research. A description of his research can be read via the link on the right side. more

The Chemistry of the Smell of Toilets & Human Waste

Today’s post marks a slight detour for the aroma chemistry series. So far, we’ve look mainly at pleasant aromas, but today we turn to a major malodour: that of toilets, and, more specifically, human waste. It might seem like something of a childish subject, but there are some interesting chemical co more

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Fatty acid

Fatty acid In chemistry , especially biochemistry , a fatty acid is a carboxylic acid often with a long unbranched aliphatic tail (chain ), which is either saturated or unsaturated . Carboxylic acids as short as butyric acid (4 carbon atom ... more

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