INFORM magazine and INFORM SmartBrief contain articles on the latest scientific advancements, business developments, and critical issues affecting oils, fats, and related materials.

INFORM magazine

Published 10 times a year, INFORM magazine provides comprehensive reviews and original articles on such topics as:

  • new analytical methods and technologies
  • processing technologies that improve efficiency and sustainability
  • health and nutrition
  • formulation science
  • critical business issues
  • and many other topics

Each issue includes patent abstracts compiled by a registered US patent agent, journal references assembled by a team of experts in a variety of areas, and coverage of regulatory issues from around the globe.

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April 2024

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Microalgae’s impact on human and animal nutrition
Over millennia microalgae evolved into high order plants. Scientists now know how to steer the genes, expressed during that evolutionary process, to turn microalgae into efficient oil production machines. Read about how one company used the technology to make high-oleic oils, then challenged themselves with instructing microalgae genes to make a human milk fat replacement.

Programming plants
Can we think of crops as computers and program their genes to adapt to climate change? A research team at Stanford University in California has proven we can. Using tools based on computer programming logic, they orchestrated the activity of thousands of genes at specific times and locations to increase the root growth of plants and enhance water efficiency.

Lipid droplets: Storage units or wrecking balls? design
University of Pennsylvania researchers are beginning to understand energy storage vessels, known as lipid droplets, can wreak havoc on the nucleus of cells and damage DNA. This article describes how they observed the process using microscopy and model cell lines.

Bio-renewable surfactants platform for milder, safer consumer products design
Personal and homecare product formulators face a challenge when trying to satisfy consumer demand for renewable ingredients, limited options exist to replace petrochemical feedstocks. Anionic surfactants, in particular, have few renewable alternatives. Read about a plant-based platform developed from oleo-furan sulfonate surfactants. 

INFORM Smartbrief

INFORM SmartBrief is a companion product, published weekly to keep you up to date on developing regulations, research, technology, and more. This e-newsletter is aggregated by an INFORM magazine staff writer, who sorts through the barrage of oils- and fats-related notifications to bring you only the most relevant news.

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