Items with tag "food"

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Coffee value can be predicted without tasting

A novel method developed at Ghent University (Belgium) can predict the value of Ethiopian coffee without any tasting. As baristas undoubtedly will confirm, consumers nowadays attach greater import…

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New type of cod can be cultured in Belgium!

Researchers from the University College Odisee, campus Waas in Sint-Niklaas, managed to grow a cod species that is suitable for cultivation in Belgium. This should enable local cod farmers to more…

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Leuven scholars give more taste to your beer

Because Leuven researchers noticed that big beer brands barely differ in terms of taste, they developed new yeasts, which allow for much more variation. "There's a lot of interest from breweries",…

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Sabine Sagaert to lead Cargill's malt division globally

US agricultural and food giant Cargill has appointed Sabine Sagaert as head of its malt division worldwide. Up till now, Sagaert has been responsible for the malt division in Europe.  Starting on …

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Alpro invests in more soy, almond and hazelnut

The food company Alpro, headquartered in Ghent, will invest 80 million euros this year, withmore than eighty percent in Belgium. The company is also recruiting 250 new employees, of which 200 will…

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Mmmm…… delicious, cultured meat

In 2013 the first cultured meat burger was a success. You take some tissue from livestock, purify the cells, give them broth to grow on in the lab, and you get a burger. Right now this process has…

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Insights

Inari’s agricultural revolution hits Europe with a new site in Ghent

Inari’s agricultural revolution hits Europe with a new site in Ghent

Inari, a U.S. company revolutionizing agricultural R&D, have just opened up their first overseas office in Ghent, Belgium. Partnering with Belgian life sciences and agriculture institutes VIB and …

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What’s next for CRISPR crops in the EU?

What’s next for CRISPR crops in the EU?

Genetically Modification Organisms (GMOs) is one of the most hotly debated topics in the news today. Resistance to GMOs has in the past been huge and strict regulations have followed. In July this…

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Can weeds be programmed to exterminate themselves?

Can weeds be programmed to exterminate themselves?

Walking through a forest on a breezy September day, the very air seems to crackle with colour and life. The irony is, of course, that as you walk through trees with golden, crimson leaves, the vas…

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Increase feeding success with VIPUN Medical’s new technology

Increase feeding success with VIPUN Medical’s new technology

Critically ill patients are often fed through nasogastric tubes. It is however hard for physicians to know if the stomach of these patients is working properly, which is important to know, as over…

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CheckPack: Making your food packaging intelligent

CheckPack: Making your food packaging intelligent

Food waste is still a huge problem in Western society. In the near future, however, intelligent food packaging will be part of the solution. Not only can innovative technologies such as gas sensor…

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DuPont Pioneer’s next generation of waxy corn shows the green side of CRISPR-Cas9

DuPont Pioneer’s next generation of waxy corn shows the green side of CRISPR-Cas9

CRISPR-Cas9 is making its way into the agricultural sector. Agricultural heavyweight DuPont Pioneer is clearly taking the lead in bringing the technology into plant breeding: about a year ago, the…

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Weight loss? KitoZyme turns it into gold!

Weight loss? KitoZyme turns it into gold!

KitoZyme, a biotech company active in the healthcare sector, started as a spin-off from the University of Liege in 2000. Their IP is based on the biopolymers, chitosan and chitin-glucan. Tradition…

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Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

I was published in Nature Certain biological functions require essential nutrients; these are molecules that the body cannot produce itself and must be taken up through the diet. Folate is one…

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Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Autotrophic micro-algae are an interesting alternative to fish oil as a source for long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). The advantages of such ‘autotrophic omega-3 producing micro-algae’ …

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Fungi-derived chitosan for weight loss

Fungi-derived chitosan for weight loss

The prevalence of obesity has more than doubled worldwide in the past couple of decades. Herstal-based biotech company KitoZyme may have an important weapon to help win the battle of the bulge as …

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Human milk from the incubator

Human milk from the incubator

Breastfeeding is beneficial for a newborn and is strongly advised to future moms. Still, for various reasons, breastfeeding is sometimes impossible, causing the baby to feed on infant formula. The…

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Fermenting the best chocolate taste

Fermenting the best chocolate taste

The production of Belgian national pride products, beer and chocolate, is a natural biotechnological process based on fermentation. Actually, there would be no chocolate flavor in cocoa beans (The…

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VC Views

Cultured meat, plant-based patties and bug burgers: VCs are backing protein alternatives

Cultured meat, plant-based patties and bug burgers: VCs are backing protein alternatives

When it comes to food, our key sources of nutrition haven’t changed much in the last ten thousand years. Though hyped-up food trends and diets come and go, our ancestors established the status quo…

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