Canada approves nutritionally improved rice variety

CANADA - The department of the government of Canada, Health Canada through a note to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), has said that it has no objection to the use of golden rice as food. However, IRRI indicated that the product will not be sold in Canada at this time, World Grain reports. This…

BASF, GAIN partner on study to combat post-harvest losses

NIGERIA - A leading chemical company, BASF, has collaborated with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on a study aimed at finding solutions to post-harvest losses in Nigeria. According to statement from the partners, the study aims to identify the current cold storage capacity of Nigeria in both frozen and ambient temperature segments. It said the…

Bill Gates to fund Scotland’s smart agriculture projects to yield super crops

SCOTLAND - Scotland farmers have gone for smart agriculture in growing ‘super crops’ and breeding high yielding cows following the announcement by Bill Gates and Britain to fund innovative agricultural projects in the country. The funding of US$174 million from Britain’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support farmers…

Study supports whole grains benefit on weight loss, inflammation reduction

DENMARK – Substituting refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties causes overweight adults to eat less, lose weight, leading to a decrease in the amount of inflammation in their bodies. According to a Danish study headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the study…

Marketing food as ‘snacks’ leads to increased consumption, overeating

UK - Marketing food as a “snack” leads to increased consumption and continued overeating, according to a study by Professor Jane Ogden and her researchers from the University of Surrey, who examined the impact of labelling food products as “snacks” or “meals.” According to NutritionInsight, the researchers found that those who had eaten pasta labelled…

Berberine linked to memory loss and impaired learning advantages

CHINA – Plant-derived compound berberine has been linked to ability to regulate levels of stress-response proteins including sirtuin imparting positive effects on memory loss and impaired learning, according to researchers. In addition to improving diabetic encephalopathy and slowing central nervous system degeneration, berberine was also associated with better lipid metabolism and decreased fasting glucose in…

Carlsberg invests in beer flavours and aromas project

DENMARK – Danish brewer Carlsberg has announced a multi-million-dollar investment in a research study with the purpose of measuring and sensing flavors and aromas in beer, called The Beer Fingerprinting Project. The Beer Fingerprinting Project is a development of a sensor platform that holds enormous potential for broader research and facilitate new start-ups in the…

Wheat Breeding Platform launched to improve yields

SOUTH AFRICA - The national Wheat Breeding Platform (WBP) has been launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and with Stellenbosch University's Plant Breeding Laboratory (SU-PBL) as a key partner which aims to increase yields and boost the profitability of wheat produced in South Africa. The WBP draws on expertise from the private and…

Flavour major driver for flavoured water preference – Comax

USA - Comax Flavors, a world leader in proprietary flavors technology, has released new primary research on consumers’ behaviour, usage and attitudes towards flavored water. This is the third study of the company’s primary market research program. The Flavored Water study was fielded in March 2017 with 500 US respondents aged 18 to over 70…

Chinese researchers suggest spicy foods reduce salt intake and blood pressure

CHINA – Recent research from China has suggested that consumers who eat more spicy food consume less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and stroke. According to Consumer Reports, the researchers from Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China analysed the taste preferences and health of 606 people…