Posts made in ottobre, 2013

New on science shelves: a book on food authentication…

Posted by on Ott 24, 2013 in News

New on science shelves: a book on food authentication…

… with a chapter made by a LS9 member. The chapter is devoted to the use of volatile fingerprints for the authentication of wine and its derived products. The text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit foods. Caligiani A., Cirlini M., Palla G. (2013) Volatile compounds for the authentication of wine ad derived products. In: Food authentication using bioorganic molecules (2013). S. Sforza Ed. Destech Publications, Lancaster, USA, pp. 327-360. To anyone interested, the chaper is also...

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ICPH 2013, here we come

Posted by on Ott 12, 2013 in News

ICPH 2013, here we come

Tomorrow we will be traveling south: Buenos Aires and the 6th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health are expecting us. There we will meet some of the best of the multifaceted world of polyphenols and we will present some recent results on the bioactivities of valerolactones and urolithins, two relevant classes of colonic metabolites of green tea and pomegranate polyphenols. Whenever possible we will post the most interesting tidbits and  some highlights from the congress through our Facebook account. Stay in...

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Is your saffron pure?

Posted by on Ott 7, 2013 in News

Is your saffron pure?

We have recently developed a method based on Sequence-Characterised Amplified Regions (SCARs) tailored for the detection of a wide array of adulterants commonly sneaked into saffron powders, namely Arnica montana L., Bixa orellana L., Calendula officinalis L., Carthamus tinctorius L., Crocus vernus L. (Hill), Curcuma longa L. and Hemerocallis sp.. Now we have applied our method to 24 different food products composed by or containing different amounts of saffron (Crocus sativus L.), in order to detect adulteration/contamination. The list includes different ground saffron brands and ready-made...

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