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Blind wine testing: Anthocyanin database enables identification in the laboratory

Date: Jul 1, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

See, sniff, sip, swirl. That's how wine connoisseurs are schooled to judge a prize-winning wine, but researchers envisage more scientific criteria. Published in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, scientists from China and New Zealand worked together to devise a method and complementary database that enable the identification of a vast array of anthocyanins not possible hitherto.

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Journal Highlight: Untargeted metabolic profiling of winery-derived biomass waste degradation by Aspergillus niger

Date: Jun 6, 2016

Author: separationsNOW

GC/MS analysis with covariance-inverse multivariate statistics were used to classify the most significant metabolites produced by the Aspergillus niger-mediated solid state fermentation of winery biomass waste of Vitis vinifera var. Shiraz.

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The rise and rise of bioactive proteins

Date: Jun 1, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Recent advances in mass spectrometry have led to a surge in the search for so-called ‘bioactive proteins’: small proteins that can improve health. A surprising and underused source of these proteins is blood from meat production, of which 70% is currently wasted. This study found over 900 different peptides in just one sample.

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The metabolome of the bellyache bush

Date: May 15, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Metabolites are small molecules that define species, yet there is still no efficient and reproducible way of analysing them. A new paper in the Journal of Separation Science might provide such a method: a sequential strategy for extracting and separating metabolites, applied to the Brazilian bellyache bush.

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Journal Highlight: Oxidative stress and antioxidative systems: recipes for successful data collection and interpretation

Date: May 9, 2016

Author: separationsNOW

A critical overview is given of currently popular methodologies for generating oxidative stress in plants, measuring ROS and major antioxidant metabolites, and assaying antioxidative enzymes and marker transcripts for oxidative stress.

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The hidden chemicals in so-called ‘herbal’ diet pills

Date: May 1, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Following numerous diet pill safety scandals, herbal medicines are becoming increasingly popular in the fight against the flab. In a new study from Belgium, scientists used chemical fingerprinting to analyse supposedly herbal diet pills – the first time fingerprinting has been used to evaluate the safety of illegal slimming aids.

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A bittersweet family of plants

Date: Apr 14, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

The Gentian family of plants occur worldwide, especially in temperate areas. Despite their notoriously bitter taste, they can be effective at treating digestive problems. A study from China uses a novel combination of approaches for metabolic profiling of these plants, which may help to more accurately differentiate between species.

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Journal Highlight: Spectral library searching in proteomics

Date: Apr 11, 2016

Author: separationsNOW

This review provides a comprehensive overview of available spectral library search engines for identifying tandem mass spectra in proteomics data analysis and highlights their distinct features.

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The magic of maca: a fertility-boosting food

Date: Apr 7, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Maca is hailed as a superfood with fertility enhancing effects, but its active ingredients are poorly understood. This study explored maca samples from China and Peru using liquid chromatography and chemometrics. The researchers were able to separate the samples based on their chemical fingerprint, a method that could be used for labelling and authentication in the future.

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Method of detecting mould in air: a new tool for mushroom growers?

Date: Mar 21, 2016

Author: Ryan De Vooght-Johnson

Despite being fungi themselves, mushrooms are susceptible to fungal diseases, which can lead to serious yield losses. Now, researchers have developed a rapid and simple method to identify the disease-causing pathogens in air, which could be the basis for a new quality control system.

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