Introducing: Campden BRI

ImageThe International Milling Directory is pleased to welcome Campden BRI as a new member today.

Campden BRI offer consultancy and quality assurance within the flour and cereal milling sector.

Their synopsis states: 

Campden BRI provides practical scientific, technical, legislative and information support to the food and drink, feed, and allied industries. Its services are underpinned by a strong programme of research and development, and include analysis and testing, product innovation, process validation, consultancy, auditing, and training. Many of its service activities are independently accredited and can be tailored to meet specific needs. Expertise is matched with extensive pilot plant, laboratories and training facilities.

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Alltech – Worldwide search to find the next extraordinary minds in science

The International Milling Directory‘s member Alltech will gather thousands of research papers from brilliant young thinkers around the world throughout 2013 to select the next winners of the Alltech Young Scientist Awards.

Registration has opened for undergraduate and graduate students interested in submitting experimental research or scientific review papers for the 2013-2014 competition. Regional winners will receive cash prizes, and eight finalists will be invited to compete for top honours during Alltech’s 30th International Symposium in 2014. The winning graduate and undergraduate students will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 scholarship respectively.

Scientific papers submitted may cover topics including veterinary science, animal nutrition, feed technology, sustainability, agricultural management, marketing, environmental science and economics. Papers will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. Registration and paper submission is available online and will close Dec. 31, 2013.

“For Alltech, what could be more important that rewarding young people who are driven by science?” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Every year, more and more students send us their research with hopes of standing out in a crowd of candidates representing countries from around the world. Alltech is proud to provide an avenue for future leaders in diverse fields of science to compete at the highest level.”

Regional winners for the 2012-2013 competition will be announced in March. The 2012-2013 regional finalists will travel to Lexington, Kentucky, USA to compete in the final during the 29th International Symposium, May 19-22, 2013.

“The students who are successful in this wide-reaching competition will address the world’s impending agricultural puzzles with solutions founded on science,” said Dr. Inge Russell, director of the Alltech Young Scientist Competition. “Our Young Scientists are in a class above the rest – their research sheds light on how science steers our world to a better future.”

Alltech received nearly 8,000 registrations for the international competition in 2012, with the goal of increasing registrants by 50 percent in 2013. For more information about the Alltech Young Scientist Awards, visit www.alltech.com/education/alltech-young-scientist/about.

 

Alltech

Alltech

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3,000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com.

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Introducing WAM Engineering UK

WAM Engineering UK is the International Milling Directory‘s newest listing. Since 1987, WAM UK has been responsible for distributing and servicing WAM Group products to the United Kingdom and Ireland from its base in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

WAM began in Italy in 1969, and from its one-man workshop manufacturing screw conveyors, it’s grown into a world leader and key innovator in bulk material handling. The WAM Group prides itself on its commitment to research and development. WAM’s own laboratory, one of the largest in Italy for powder and grain research, was founded in 1987 and closely cooperates with institutes and universities to drive innovation in milling technology. Naturally, this also drives its always-expanding product range.

WAM UK's office, warehouse and workshop in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

WAM UK’s office, warehouse and workshop in Tewkesbury

VIV Asia 2013

The International Milling Directory is proud to be a media partner of VIV Asia, Bangkok as part of the other titles from our owners Perendale Publishers Ltd. One company exhibiting products and their company’s services are ABCA. This is a mainly Chinese-based company who are launching in Asia at this conference. If you are attending VIV Asia 2013, please come to find us at the Perendale Publishers Ltd. stand: Hall 105, stand number B051. It takes place on 13-15 March at BITEC, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 88 Bangna-trad Road, Bangna, Prakanong, Bangkok 10260, Thailand. A recent press release from ABCA is below.

 

ABCA logo

ABCA

Taking advantage of the upcoming VIV Asia 2013, ABCA, a division of AB Agri Ltd, the Agricultural Group of Associated British Foods
plc. (ABF), is delighted to officially announce its launch in Asia with a range of nutritional solutions for the feed and livestock industry. Visit booth K028 for a chance to win a Premier Atlas Ingredients Matrix, your essential guide to feed formulation.

As the region’s leading trade show for the Feed to Meat industry, VIV Asia with over 28,000 visitors from over 101 countries in 2011 of which more than 90% came from Asia, offers an ideal platform for ABCA to launch its yeast-based feed additives to the regional and international feed and livestock industry.

Taking advantage of well established technology within ABF’s food business divisions, ABCA works closely with AB Mauri, the world’s second largest yeast producer and Ohly, the global leader in yeast extraction technology to develop and design applications for a range of effective and innovative animal feed solutions, each produced to food quality standards across Asia and the world.

ABCA will introduce four innovative, functional products during the trade show:

  • AB MOS – Solution for gut health with high levels of MOS and β-glucan, derived from selected baker yeast strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • AB Zorba – Cost effective programme for mycotoxin risk management with a   combination of yeast products and aluminosilicates in a balanced ratio.
  • AB Yestex – Ensure animals have a good start with enhanced early nutrition. This is a premium yeast extract rich in highly digestible amino acids, nucleotides, vitamin B complex and other beneficial yeast cell constituents.
  • AB Tor-Sel – A new generation of high potency Selenium yeast obtained from a proprietary strain of Torula yeast produced in Australia.

Speaking about ABCA’s participation in VIV Asia 2013, Mr James Charteris-Hough, ABCA Managing Director, said, “ABCA is new to most people in Asia and while the business seeks to be recognised as a quality supplier of products and services, provided in a highly ethical way, we are not looking to become a mega marketing organisation. We hope we can build a high reputation within the industry in Asia and help deliver long-term benefits through a personable approach to business. Please drop by our booth, we would be delighted to meet people in person.”

For more information, please visit ABCA booth at #K028, Hall 106 or log on to www.abcpasia.com

VIV Asia ABCA

ABCA

EuroTier 2012: Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize

On November 13th 2012, at EUROTIER tradeshow, The European Probiotic Association (EPA) awarded the Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize 2012 to Peter de Schryver, from Ghent University, for his innovative research project on the use of microbial products and microorganisms in animal nutrition. The Prize was awarded in presence of members of the EPA, FEFANA, representative of the EPA Scientific Committee and journalists. Altogether, the quality and diversity of research projects submitted demonstrate that probiotics benefits go beyond zootechnical performance and pave the way for innovative applications in the field of immunity, but also stress management or even reproduction.

From left to right : J. Brufau (EPA Scientific Committee), E. Auclair (EPA Treasurer), P. de Schryver and L. Dussert (EPA President). 

The aim of the EPA Jules Tournut Prize is to support research and innovation in the field of probiotics for animal nutrition. Professor Joaquim Brufau, from IRTA, who represented EPA Scientific Committee, which formed the judging panel of the award, highlighted the scientific quality and diversity of applications explored by the candidates, who came from all over the world, beyond the boundary of Europe. The studies submitted covered a range of target species and benefits, sign of the broad potential of probiotics for sustainable animal production.

Peter de Schryver’s project aimed at improving performance and welfare in aquaculture thanks to an original approach: the use of poly-β- hydroxybutyrate (PHB), which he describes as a microbial energy storage polymer, an important source of energy for bacteria. PHB thus appears to play a prebiotic role in aquatic species, resulting in improved performance and resistance to pathogens. By combining this compound to a probiotic bacteria (synbiotic approach), the young researcher showed that both agents had a synergistic effect to protect fish against pathogens (use of Artemia franciscana as a well-studied model of aquaculture specie).

Nevertheless, when asked if this new approach could be applied to various species Peter de Schryver reckons that “it could certainly work in land farmed animals that have an even more developed digestive system”. The use of PHB in synbiotic approach for animal nutrition thus appears as a promising field.

Moreover, the young researcher is convinced that, especially in aquaculture, the digestive microbiota is often underestimated. Another interesting aspect of his study is that he looked into the Artemia microbiota richness and diversity and found that PHB had a positive effect on the microbiota diversity and evenness, an asset for microflora stability and protection against pathogens

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Pesticide Sprays Aided by Tablet… and Smartphone

Pesticides now come in tablet form?

Now you should all know by now that we at IMD HQ consider ourselves to be at the forefront in using smartphone technology and apps… we even have our own in case you were wondering (PPLAPP). But when I read that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have released two mobile apps, to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment, I had to read on.

The apps incorporate the latest science of spray technology, including “spray nozzle atomization” models developed by ARS at College Station and they can be used with a smartphone from a field or even the cabin of a small aircraft. Developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in Texas, the apps are designed to ensure that aerial and ground-based crews can hit targets and minimize pesticide drift by keying in specifics on the type of equipment and pesticide they are using.

ARS is USDA‘s principal intramural scientific research agency, and the research supports the USDA goal of promoting agricultural sustainability. With dozens of manufacturers producing dozens of different types of spray technology—each with its own nozzle type, flow rate, and pressure setting range—the equipment setup can get pretty complicated. Aerial sprayers also must factor in wind speed, air temperature, flight speed and humidity.

One app is designed for ground-based spraying for mosquitoes and other threats to public health. It

Wesley “Clint” Hoffman

covers 60 different sprayers made by 19 manufacturers. The user selects the appropriate sprayer and is guided through the process of selecting specific operational settings, such as the nozzle type, flow rate and spray pressure setting.

The other app, for aerial spraying, walks users through the process of adjusting nozzles and settings so pesticides are delivered at optimal droplet sizes. Droplet size is critical in aerial operations to ensure “on-target deposition” and minimize pesticide drift.

The apps are available online through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Marketplace by searching for “Aerial Sprays” for the aerial application app and “Vector Sprays” for the ground-based sprayer app.

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