Plant DGAT-1 Variants with Enhanced Oil Formation

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As demand for vegetable oils for both food and industrial use continues to increase, new strategies are required to increase seed oil content and optimize fatty acid composition. In this way, the total seed oil and preferred fatty acid accumulation per area can be enhanced by maximizing the amount of oil accumulated in each seed. […]

Method to Create High-Quality Bio-Based Resins and Composites Using Renewable Oils

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Resins and composites are used in various industries including plastics, paints and varnishes, rust and wood protection, and floor tiling. Toxic, petroleum-based resins and composites have been used in the manufacturing industry for years. The use of petroleum-derived materials are becoming less and less attractive due to the uncertainty of future supplies, environmental concerns, and […]

Pea (Pisum Sativum L.) Seed Coat and Seed Coat Fractions Novel Health-Beneficial Ingredients for Animal and Human Diets

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Pulse grains, including dried peas, are rich sources of fibre with low glycemic indices and bioactive components such as the flavonoids proanthocyanidins (PACs or condensed tannins). Their unique nutritional profile has led to many studies investigating different varieties of pulses in terms of their health benefits. Evidence is mounting that PACs have a beneficial effect […]

Enrichment of Oils with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

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Biologists have laboured for years to engineer various organisms for the genetic enrichment of oils with high levels of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, because of the significant commercial interest for food and non-food applications. However, these attempts have not produced desired results. Often the omega-3 level is lower than expected and the produced […]

New Methods of Phosvitin Extraction from Egg Yolk

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Phosivitin is a principal phosphoprotein in egg yolk, representing about 11% of egg yolk proteins and about 4% of yolk dry matter. It exhibits many advantageous properties that would be useful to various industries, including, notably, a greater metal chelating ability than casein phosphopeptides, which are currently used in calcium supplementing agents. Phosvitin also exhibits […]

New Method of Managing Sclerotinia Sclertiorum

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Canola (Brassica sp) producers typically manage Sclerotinia sclertiorum, commonly known as white mould or stem rot, through crop rotations or fungicides; however, each method has a drawback. Crop rotations are often only effective if the rotation is relatively long (up to six years), and fungicides offer no protection once the crop shows signs of infection, […]

Adhesives from Agricultural By-Products and Waste

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As a result of increased concerns over safety, environment and sustainability, protein-based adhesives have re-gained industry interest as an alternative to petroleum-based adhesives. A greater need now exists for modified protein adhesives that offer results comparable to their petroleum-based counterparts, and that can be produced at a reduced cost. It is currently estimated that up […]

Bioactive Peptides from Ovotransferrin

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Ovotransferrin, a glycoprotein found in raw egg whites, comprises approximately 13% of total egg white proteins. Bioactive peptides are specific fragments of proteins latent in ovotransferrin, but can be released through in vitro or in vivo enzymatic hydrolysis. Bioactive peptides have an inhibitory effect on angiotensin converting enzymes (ACE); a blood pressure regulator. Hypertension can […]

Development of Oils with High Punicic Acid Content

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil has been attracting increased interest since it was shown that its main component punicic acid may provide a novel alternative therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. It can also be used as a dietary agent for prevention of prostate and breast cancer (Kim et. al., 2002; Shyed et. […]