Bunch of over ripe bananas on white background. Affected by tyrosinases and polyphenol oxidases.

What Are Polyphenol Oxidases?

August 30, 2018 smitsa 0

Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs) are widely distributed in both plants and animals. They are a major cause of enzymic browning in fruits and vegetables. Browning reactions […]

Bunch of Chinese wampee fruits.

What Is Wampee?

August 29, 2018 smitsa 0

Wampee (Clausena lansium (Lour.) Skeels) is grown in many parts of China for its leaves. These are used as traditional medicines and food ingredients for […]

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What Is Epilepsy ?

August 26, 2018 smitsa 0

Epilepsy is a neurological disease characterized by an enduring predisposition to suffer from epileptic seizures. It is always  accompanied by a variety of social, psychological, […]

Tuna fish laid out in a line on a wooden bench

Trends In Tuna Fishing

August 22, 2018 smitsa 2

Tuna is possibly the most widely sought after fish in the world – even more so than salmon. It is certainly commercially one of the […]

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What Is Agar?

August 22, 2018 smitsa 0

Agar is an important polysaccharide extracted from red algae. It is classified as a marine polysaccharide and belongs in the same class as alginate. Agar […]

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August 20, 2018 smitsa 1

Citreoviridin (CIT) is a highly toxic mycotoxin produced by the mould Penicillium citreoviridin (PCV) [ Penicillium citreonigrum]. The mould itself is a very common contaminant of a number […]

green yellow round fungal mold on a heterogeneous black surface, macro science abstract background

Mycotoxins Are Bad!

August 20, 2018 smitsa 0

Mycotoxins are ubiquitous toxic metabolites produced by fungi via secondary metabolism. Many of them are contaminants, often finding their way into food, beverages and water. […]

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Sesame Seed Oil

August 19, 2018 smitsa 0

Sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum L., Pedaliaceae) are a constant hazard for those with an allergy to them but they do yield an extremely valuable culinary […]

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August 14, 2018 smitsa 0

Apigenin might not be a word on everyone’s lips, but this compound has plenty to recommend it. The compound is a flavonoid found in a […]

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August 14, 2018 smitsa 0

Isomaltulose (IM) is a naturally occurring disaccharide composed of alpha-1,6-linked glucose and fructose monomers. Isomaltulose is an alternative sweetener with a high potential for use […]

Loquats in full fruit.

Growing Loquats

August 13, 2018 smitsa 1

Loquats are an edible exotic in many countries. If you are fortunate to have a sunny south-facing wall, a sheltered courtyard or a greenhouse then […]