Saturday, 29 August 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

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  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

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Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

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4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

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The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

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  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

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Monsanto is researching techniques to reduce unhealthy fats in soybean oil.

The announcement follows the recent establishment of federal guidelines that will require food manufacturers to disclose the amount of trans-fat on food labels.

Monsanto researchers are applying conventional breeding and biotechnology techniques to develop soybeans that will produce oil containing less trans- and saturated fats.

"Monsanto researchers are looking at ways to enhance soybeans so that they are healthier and, in turn, can reduce risks that lead to cardiovascular disease," said David Stark, Monsanto's Vice President of Global Industry Partnerships. Stark made the announcement today at the American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

"It is our hope that these enhanced soybeans will provide economic and environmental benefits for growers, and healthier agricultural solutions for consumers who are concerned about their intake of unhealthy fats."

Specifically, Monsanto is applying conventional breeding techniques to produce a soybean low in linolenic acid.

The process of hydrogenation reduces the amount of linolenic acid in soy oil and creates trans-fatty acids. This soybean would produce a soy oil that reduces the need for hydrogenation, and, in turn, could help reduce trans-fats in many foods and even eliminate trans- fats in some.

This product, which is currently being tested both in the field and laboratory, should be available in limited quantities in time to meet the US federal government's 2006 labeling guidelines for trans-fats in food products.

Monsanto is also applying conventional breeding techniques to produce a soybean high in oleic acid. This soybean, which also would be low in linolenic acid, would produce soy oil high in levels of healthy monounsaturated fat.

Once commercialised, the company intends to offer these traits in conjunction with its popular Roundup Ready technology, which has become the product of choice for American soybean growers.

Finally, Monsanto will apply biotechnology to develop a soybean that will enable the production of a trans- and saturated fat-free soy oil, the first natural oil that could make the claim of being saturated fat-free.

"Monsanto is committed to developing products that benefit growers, and to providing new products that deliver tangible benefits to consumers, including enhanced nutrition," Stark said.

Trans-fats, which are produced through the hydrogenation of soy oil to increase its shelf life or the solid nature of the fat, have been found to raise total blood cholesterol levels and levels of LDL cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, and may contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Monsanto also is researching other quality improvement traits focused on delivering benefits to consumers. For example, the company is researching an oilseed crop that could produce a vegetable oil enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fish oil, have been shown to play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilising irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), and reducing blood pressure.

"Given the early stage of development of this research, we are working closely with academics, food companies, consumer advocates and other stakeholders to carefully develop our strategy for potential future products," Stark said.

"Ultimately, it is our hope that an Omega-3 enriched oil could provide consumers with a new tool against heart disease."

Monsanto's research on quality enhancements to soy oil is consistent with the objective of the United Soybean Board's Better Bean Initiative (BBI), a program created to enhance soybean oil and meal composition.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

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