Indonesia and Malaysia lead the world in palm oil production at a time when demand is booming. However, environmental worries and a proposed Malaysian export tax cut are expected to be key issues at the Indonesian Palm Oil Conference beginning today.
Safe and nutritious food and greater use of biomass-based chemicals will be needed as the world addresses global food, nutrition and fuel challenges, write members of AGRI-Net. "The interaction of chemistry and biology is therefore central to all agri-business, and chemical biology has a key role to play as it sits at the intersection of a range of new sciences such as systems and synthetic biology, next-generation sequencing and genomics," they write.
Pacific Coast Canola will pour concrete foundations this month for its $110 million oilseed-processing plant in the U.S. The company hopes to open the facility in early 2013. The buildings are "related to receiving and transporting incoming seed and to storing and transporting the oil and meal outputs," said company spokesman Jon Austin.
Researchers say that elderly people with diets high in trans fats are more likely to experience a certain type of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, diets high in vitamins B, C, D and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids provided certain positive effects for the brain. The study was published in the journal Neurology.
Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the (South) Korea International Cooperation Agency are teaming up to produce ethanol from the fibrous residue of palm oil production in Indonesia. A pilot plant and research facility for the project in Banten, Indonesia, is expected to start production by 2012.