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New and emerging microbial approaches to produce sustainable and functional fats for food applications
When: December 5, 2022, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, USA; UTC-06)
Organizer: Saeed Mirzaee Ghazani, Research Associate, Food Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada
- Sarah Willett, PhD, Senior RD&A Scientist ‒ Innovation, Kerry Taste and Nutrition, Wisconsin, USA
- Saeed M Ghazani, PhD, Research associate, Food Science Department, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
- Professor Maria Barbosa, Microalgal Biotechnology, AlgaePARC, Wageningen University, Netherlands
- Dr. Yulin Lu, Co-founder and CEO of Yali Biosciences Inc., South San Francisco, California, USA
In recent years, there has been a rapidly growing consumer interest in plant-based foods which mimic their animal-derived counterparts. This has largely been driven by concerns surrounding the environmental sustainability of animal-derived products, as well as the perceived health halo associated with plant-based products. However, taste, texture, and overall eating experience continue to determine consumer satisfaction and repeat purchase behavior. These requirements have led to many innovative technological developments across the food industry. However, fats continue to be one of the most challenging areas for accurately matching the performance of animal-derived foods as they contribute to a broad range of techno-functional and sensory properties, as well as nutritional aspects.
Tropical oils such as palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter are the most widely adapted technical solutions to provide structure and melting behavior in plant-based analogs, but current production practices may contribute to further deforestation and habitat loss. An emerging alternative to tropical oils is the use of microbially-derived lipids, as advances in food biotechnology are making lipid production using microbial sources more feasible. Examples include improvements in fermentation technology, genetic and metabolic engineering of oleaginous microorganisms, and feedstock engineering, or the use of food and agricultural waste materials as carbon and nitrogen sources.
This interactive panel discussion features invited speakers who will discuss some of the recent advances and emerging opportunities in this space, including:
- Feasibility and economic aspects of microbial oils as an alternative to tropical fats (feedstock engineering)
- Mimicking the physicochemical and functional properties of tropical fats in plant-based foods
- Upstream, downstream, and scale-up challenges (and solutions) for microbial oils
- Minor lipidic components in microbial oils for food and nutraceutical industries
All registrants will have access to the webinar recording, and attendees of the live broadcast will receive a certificate of attendance.
AOCS Webinar Library
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Sample AOCS Webinars
Preview a selection of past AOCS webinars in the lists below. Join AOCS today to gain full access to the entire selection of past webinars — in addition to other benefits, including discounted registration to the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, access to AOCS journals and INFORM magazine, and more.
FDA's Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils
This webinar is brought to you by AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society) and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements.
The AOCS Path to a New Method
Known throughout the world as the most comprehensive collection of analytical testing methods for fats and oils, the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS contains more than 450 methods. This presentation will describe the process by which new methods are incorporated into the AOCS methods catalog.
The Art of Analysis: Method Training Ce 1i-07 & Ce 1b-89 by POS Biosciences & AOCS
AOCS has partnered with POS Bioscience to provide a one hour webinar demonstrating the methods. You will see the entire process as it is narrated by a POS Bioscience expert. A live Q&A session will enable you to ask any questions and learn insight from a researcher skilled in the art.
Statistical Treatment of Proficiency Testing Data - How to Interpret Laboratory Proficiency Reports
Xin Wu, Technical Services Manager for AOCS, explains the contents provided in the reports from the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP ) — including the test result summary, summary of z-scores, chart of z-scores and kernel density plot — and how to easily locate your submitted results in the report. You’ll learn how the LPP report can help you interpret your z-score and graphically compare your results to the results of other labs.
The Development of a Robust Spectrometer for Online and Real-time Monitoring of Oil Quality
In this webinar, you will learn about the development of a robust spectrometer for online and real-time monitoring of oil quality from Keit Spectrometers’ Product and Applications Manager Jonathan Speed. The previous limitations of online process analytical technology (PAT) have made the real-time monitoring of oil quality difficult to navigate. You’ll learn more about the use of online PAT, based on Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) technology. Dr. Speed will explain how the FTIR instrument can be calibrated into a sensor for a wide range of various properties including free fatty acids, fatty acid methyl esters and more. Finally, he will present laboratory study results for calibration and online plant data of real processes monitoring of actual industrial product.
Edible Applications Technology
Rheology Principles and Applications
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Science behind the quality and taste of Belgian chocolates
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Monitoring the shelf-life and oxidative stability of olive oils by microESR forced oxidation assay
Professor Tullia Gallina Toschi, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, and David Barr, Product Manager, Bruker BioSpin Corp., show how to apply microESR forced oxidation assay for the quality control of olive oils, including a standard operating procedure useful for monitoring the oxidative status of olive oils.
Health and Nutrition
Fat Transitions in Ice Cream
In this webinar, the mechanisms that underlie and the parameters that influence partial coalescence of fat globules in ice cream will be discussed, along with the ramifications of high or low partial coalescence on product quality. Presented by Dr. Hartel who had been a faculty member at UW-Madison for 32 years.
Ketones: Harmful Byproducts or Drivers of Metabolism?
Review the discovery of ketones as the predominant fuel during prolonged fasting and starvation, the history of the concept of ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain, and the therapeutic implications. In addition, this webinar will review the invention of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), the discovery that MCTs are ketogenic, and clinical trials of MCTs for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, as well as studies of ketone and glucose that used positron emission tomography scans to show that ketones are taken up normally in the aging and Alzheimer's brain.
Lipid Oxidation and Quality
This webinar will review best practices and applications of antioxidant testing in edible oils. Bridging the gap between academic research and practical application is critical to understanding how and why antioxidants may be used. Test protocols and analytical methods will be reviewed in general terms that link research with end use.
Designing specialty fats through fractionation and interesterification
This webinar will review the different industrial technologies used to manufacture specialty fats: dry and solvent fractionation, crystallization under shear or in static mode and regio-specific enzymatic interesterification. The fractionation of cocoa butter, palm oil, and shea butter (cocoa butter equivalents) and of palm kernel and coconut oil (cocoa butter substitutes) will be exemplified.
How Vertical Plate Conditioners are Changing the Game for Seed Processors with Solex Thermal Science
AOCS GOLD Corporate Member Solex Thermal highlights vertical plate technology, a solution that addresses these challenges by creating a larger heat transfer area, which can handle more product. Further, this plate’s modular design allows for low-cost retrofits, a reduction in steam consumption, as well as minimal maintenance costs. Plus, this technology has a renewable energy capabilities during the seed conditioning process, which also help to reduce energy costs.
Succeeding in process optimization tasks by using process simulation techniques. Episode 1: Soybean oil deodorization
Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, shows how to optimize deodorization without even going to the plant---or jeopardizing the operation.
Process improvements for cost-efficient pre-treatment in edible oil refining
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What is vegetable oil and where does it come from?
In many companies involved in edible oil, there are support staff who know very little about the business in which they operate and would like to know the basics. This presentation will help people relatively new to the industry or who work on the fringes to understand some of the terminology that people just assumed you knew and the broader context in which the industry operates.
Exploring the hidden aspects of enzymatic degumming by using process simulation techniques
Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, presents advanced degumming concepts related to the chemistry of phospholipids and demonstrates how process simulation models are used through two case studies.
Should You be Pre-printing Your Research?
In this interactive webinar, Alberto Pepe, Wiley’s Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation Management at Atypon and co-founder of Authorea, explores questions about the role of preprints in research communication, showing how a pilot of JAOCS with Under Review is providing faster and streamlined research dissemination for its authors.
Making Your Presentation Engaging and Memorable
This webinar will discuss a number of details that will help a presenter capture and hold an audience. Some examples are how understanding the audience should affect the development of a presentation, what simple question should be asked again and again during presentation planning, how reading an audience can change the tone of the presentation being made, and how to ensure that your message is clear and memorable.
Career Paths for Young Scientists: Presented by the AOCS Young Professional Group
A panel of four scientists from industry share their stories of navigating the challenges and opportunities each career path offers, including making the jump to consulting, to help you answer the question: “What comes next?”
What does early career success look like? ... and what you should be doing now to prepare
Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, will share insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve will draw from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries. He will also share insights gained as an AOCS volunteer leader.
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Structural and Functional Properties of Plant Protein Isolates and Hydrolysates for Various Applications
TDr. Pam Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, covers the evaluation of various plant proteins from pea, camelina, and pennycress, highlighting their structural and functional properties as impacted by extraction and functionalization procedures, as well as potential applications.
Overcoming the Challenges in the Production & Utilization of Plant Protein Isolates in Food
Dr. Nagul Naguleswaran, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology group at Ingredion Inc., reviews the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties.
How to Assess Protein Functionality
Frédéric Baudouin, Project Manager, IMPROVE SAS, reviews the different methods available to measure protein functionality (emulsifying, foaming, gelling, water-holding) and how factors such as pH, temperature or concentration may affect each test.
Aquafaba, a New Emulsifier and Foaming Agent Emerging From Pulse Processing
(AOCS Members, log in to watch the recording.)
Aquafaba-the thick, clear liquid that results from cooking chickpeas in water-has grown rapidly in popularity and is extensively used by the vegan community to replace eggs in many food products because of its foaming and emulsifying properties. Martin Reaney, Professor, and Rana Mustafa, Professional Research Associate, from the Univ. of Saskatchewan will discuss the chemical composition, functional properties and applications of Aquafaba.
Surfactants and Detergents
A Walk Through Your Home–Discovering the Surfactant Science for Cleaning It
Many consumers (and even scientists!) may not care much about the technical complexity of cleaning product formulations. But they do care about and want the results of their cleaning efforts in every room. This year’s Samuel R. Rosen Award recipient, David. R. Scheuing, will connect several major concepts in surfactant science to the formulation of household cleaning products used by consumers daily.
Balancing Laundry Product Margins with Virtual Reality Data Visualization in Consumer Relevant Terms
This webinar will discuss how CONSUMERTEC is using virtual reality (VR) technology to leverage large amounts of detergency data to increase the consumer value of products while balancing research costs. Industry analysts estimate that VR technologies will increase the value proposition of products by 20% and reduce product formulation costs by 5%.