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Verenium Corp. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), a producer of specialty
Canada, China, Russia, Hungary, Germany, enzymes and cellulosic ethanol, has signed an agreement with Alfa Laval (Lunda,
the Netherlands, France, Spain, England, Sweden), a provider of heat transfer, separation, and fluid-handling technologies,
Poland, and many other Eastern European to jointly market enzymatic degumming of vegetable oils using Verenium’s Purifine
countries. PLC enzyme and Alfa Laval’s engineering services and equipment.
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and a list of sponsors, visit www.govtrack. Ragasa, one of Mexico’s largest providers of raw and refined oil products, plans
us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1866. to introduce a vegetable oil with added docosahexaenoic (DHA) omega-3 fatty
acid in 2009. The DHA will be sourced from Martek Biosciences Corp. of
Volunteer Columbia, Maryland, USA. Ragasa is based in Monterrey.
consultants sought Marubeni Corp. of Tokyo will collaborate with Sinograin Oil & Fats Corp.,
a subsidiary of Sinograin (China Grain Reserves Corp.), China’s largest grains
A volunteer oilseed processing consul- reserve operations company. The agreement, announced in a joint news release,
tant is being sought by the Farmer-to- includes plans for Marubeni to import 4 MMT of soybeans for crushing into China
Farmer program of the Citizens Network (about 10% of China’s total annual import).
for Foreign Affairs (CNFA; Washington,
The program, which is funded by the
US Agency for International Develop-
ment, sends US citizens with agricultural Electrospinning of zein prolamine fibers can nano-encapsulate β-carotene and
and/or food expertise on two- to three- protect it against oxidation, according to researchers from the Novel Materials
week volunteer assignments to share their and Nanotechnology Lab at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology
skills with host organizations in develop-
in Valencia, Spain. Zein is a protein found in corn (maize). Electrospinning uses an
electrical charge to draw very fine (typically on the micro- or nano-scale) fibers
The current volunteer opening involves
helping a small organization—Mitunguu
from a liquid. The work appeared in Food Hydrocolloids (23:1427–1432, 2009).
Millers—in Kenya, Africa, with i