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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644869/status-of-chemistry-lab-safety-in-nepal
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Krishna Prasad Kandel, Bhanu Bhakta Neupane, Basant Giri
Chemistry labs can become a dangerous environment for students as the lab exercises involve hazardous chemicals, glassware, and equipment. Approximately one hundred thousand students take chemistry laboratory classes annually in Nepal. We conducted a survey on chemical lab safety issues across Nepal. In this paper, we assess the safety policy and equipment, protocols and procedures followed, and waste disposal in chemistry teaching labs. Significant population of the respondents believed that there is no monitoring of the lab safety in their lab (p<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643282/energy-and-exergy-optimization-of-food-waste-pretreatment-and-incineration
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Yuanjun Tang, Jun Dong, Yong Chi, Zhaozhi Zhou, Mingjiang Ni
With the aim of upgrading current food waste (FW) management strategy, a novel FW hydrothermal pretreatment and air-drying incineration system is proposed and optimized from an energy and exergy perspective. Parameters considered include the extracted steam quality, the final moisture content of dehydrated FW, and the reactor thermal efficiency. Results show that optimal working condition can be obtained when the temperature and pressure of extracted steam are 159 °C and 0.17 MPa, the final moisture content of dehydrated FW is 10%, and the reactor thermal efficiency is 90%...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641475/care-and-not-wealth-is-a-predictor-of-wasting-and-stunting-of-the-coffee-kids-of-jimma-zone-southwest-ethiopia
#3
Kalkidan Hassen Abate, Tefera Belachew
BACKGROUND: The generation of cash from agricultural products is the mainstay of the livelihood of many households in developing countries. However, critics of cash cropping have highlighted its influence on dietary diversity and availability of food at the household level, eroding the potential for optimal child caring practices. METHODS: A community-based cross-sectional survey was carried out in three randomly selected coffee-producing districts of Jimma Zone in southwest Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: Nutrition and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638781/bioinspired-mechano-sensitive-macroporous-ceramic-sponge-for-logical-drug-and-cell-delivery
#4
Changlu Xu, Zhihao Wei, Huajian Gao, Yanjie Bai, Huiling Liu, Huilin Yang, Yuekun Lai, Lei Yang
On-demand, ultrahigh precision delivery of molecules and cells assisted by scaffold is a pivotal theme in the field of controlled release, but it remains extremely challenging for ceramic-based macroporous scaffolds that are prevalently used in regenerative medicine. Sea sponges (Phylum Porifera), whose bodies possess hierarchical pores or channels and organic/inorganic composite structures, can delicately control water intake/circulation and therefore achieve high precision mass transportation of food, oxygen, and wastes...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637634/optimization-of-food-waste-compost-with-the-use-of-biochar
#5
M Waqas, A S Nizami, A S Aburiazaiza, M A Barakat, I M I Ismail, M I Rashid
This paper aims to examine the influence of biochar produced from lawn waste in accelerating the degradation and mineralization rates of food waste compost. Biochar produced at two different temperatures (350 and 450 °C) was applied at the rates 10 and 15% (w/w) of the total waste to an in-vessel compost bioreactor for evaluating its effects on food waste compost. The quality of compost was assessed against stabilization indices such as moisture contents (MC), electrical conductivity (EC), organic matters (OM) degradation, change in total carbon (TC) and mineral nitrogen contents such as ammonium (NH4(+)) and nitrate (NO3(-))...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636053/evidence-of-bad-recycling-practices-bfrs-in-children-s-toys-and-food-contact-articles
#6
A Guzzonato, F Puype, S J Harrad
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been used intentionally in a wide range of plastics, but are now found in an even wider range of such materials (including children's toys and food contact articles) as a result of recycling practices that mix BFR-containing waste plastics with "virgin" materials. In this study Br was quantified in toy and food contact samples on the assumption that its concentration can be used as a metric for BFR contamination. Subsequently, compound specific determination of BFRs was performed to evaluate the validity of the aforementioned assumption, crucial to render rapid, inexpensive, in situ Br determination in non-laboratory environments (such as waste handling facilities) a viable option for sorting wastes according to their BFR content...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634127/application-of-advanced-techniques-for-the-assessment-of-bio-stability-of-biowaste-derived-residues-a-minireview
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Fan Lü, Li-Ming Shao, Hua Zhang, Wen-Ding Fu, Shi-Jin Feng, Liang-Tong Zhan, Yun-Min Chen, Pin-Jing He
Bio-stability is a key feature for the utilization and final disposal of biowaste-derived residues, such as aerobic compost or vermicompost of food waste, bio-dried waste, anaerobic digestate or landfilled waste. The present paper reviews conventional methods and advanced techniques used for the assessment of bio-stability. The conventional methods are reclassified into two categories. Advanced techniques, including spectroscopic (fluorescent, ultraviolet-visible, infrared, Raman, nuclear magnetic resonance), thermogravimetric and thermochemolysis analysis, are emphasized for their application in bio-stability assessment in recent years...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633517/biomethanation-of-sewage-sludge-with-food-waste-leachate-via-co-digestion
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Jingyeong Shin, Young Beom Kim, Jong Hun Jeon, Sangki Choi, In Kyu Park, Young Mo Kim
Anaerobic mono- and co-digestion of sewage sludge (SS) and food waste leachate (FWL) were performed by assessing methane production and characterizing microbial communities. Anaerobic digestion (AD) of waste activated sludge (WAS) alone produced the lowest methane production (281 mL-CH4), but an approximately 80% increase in methane production was achieved via co-digestion of WAS and FWL (506 mL-CH4). There were less differences in the diversity of bacterial communities in anaerobic digesters, while archaeal (ARC) and bacterial (BAC) amounts reflected AD's performance...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633456/feeding-during-dialysis-risks-and-uncertainties
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Rajiv Agarwal, Panagiotis Georgianos
Allowing dialysis patients to eat during the treatment is controversial. It is, therefore, no surprise that practices and policies with respect to intradialytic food consumption vary considerably from unit to unit and from country to country. Those who defend the position of feeding during dialysis reason that intradialytic meals offer a supervised and effective therapy for protein-energy wasting. Those who take the opposite view argue that intradialytic food intake should be avoided for the following three reasons...
June 19, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631029/syngas-biorefinery-and-syngas-utilization
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Sashini De Tissera, Michael Köpke, Sean D Simpson, Christopher Humphreys, Nigel P Minton, Peter Dürre
Autotrophic acetogenic bacteria are able to capture carbon (CO or CO2) through gas fermentation, allowing them to grow on a spectrum of waste gases from industry (e.g., steel manufacture and oil refining, coal, and natural gas) and to produce ethanol. They can also consume syn(thesis) gas (CO and H2) made from the gasification of renewable/sustainable resources, such as biomass and domestic/agricultural waste. Acetogenic gas fermentation can, therefore, produce ethanol in any geographic region without competing for food or land...
June 20, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629709/energy-recovery-from-one-and-two-stage-anaerobic-digestion-of-food-waste
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Giorgia De Gioannis, Aldo Muntoni, Alessandra Polettini, Raffaella Pomi, Daniela Spiga
One- and two-stage anaerobic digestion of food waste aimed at recovering methane (CH4) and hydrogen and methane (H2+CH4), respectively, were compared in order to assess the potential benefits from the two-stage process in terms of overall energy recovery. Results suggest that a two-stage process where the first reactor is properly operated in order to achieve a significant net hydrogen production, may display a 20% comparatively higher energy recovery yield as a result, mainly, of enhanced methane production as well as of the associated hydrogen production...
June 16, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629698/cardboard-proportions-and-total-solids-contents-as-driving-factors-in-dry-co-fermentation-of-food-waste
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Gabriel Capson-Tojo, Eric Trably, Maxime Rouez, Marion Crest, Nicolas Bernet, Jean-Philippe Steyer, Jean-Philippe Delgenès, Renaud Escudié
This study evaluated the influence of the co-substrate proportions (0-60% of cardboard in dry basis) and the initial total solid contents (20-40%) on the batch fermentation performance. Maximum hydrogen yields were obtained when mono-fermenting food waste at high solids contents (89mlH2·gVS(-1)). The hydrogen yields were lower when increasing the proportions of cardboard. The lower hydrogen yields at higher proportions of cardboard were translated into higher yields of caproic acid (up to 70.1gCOD·kgCODbio(-1)), produced by consumption of acetic acid and hydrogen...
June 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623821/green-biosynthesis-of-magnetic-iron-oxide-fe3o4-nanoparticles-using-the-aqueous-extracts-of-food-processing-wastes-under-photo-catalyzed-condition-and-investigation-of-their-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activity
#13
Jayanta Kumar Patra, Kwang-Hyun Baek
In this study, a simple, rapid, and eco-friendly green method was introduced to synthesize magnetite iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs) using the aqueous extracts of two food processing wastes, namely silky hairs of corn (Zea mays L.) and outer leaves of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa L. subsp. pekinensis). The boiled solutions of silky hairs (MH) and outer leaves of Chinese cabbage (CCP) were used to synthesize Fe3O4 NPs under photo exposed condition. The MH-FeNPs and CCP-FeNPs synthesized via green route were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermogravimetric (TG/DTG) analysis, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623163/factors-associated-with-school-lunch-consumption-reverse-recess-and-school-brunch
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Leah Elizabeth Chapman, Juliana Cohen, Melanie Canterberry, Thomas W Carton
BACKGROUND: While school foods have become healthier under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, research suggests there is still substantial food waste in cafeterias. It is therefore necessary to study factors that can impact food consumption, including holding recess before lunch ("reverse recess") and starting lunch periods very early or very late. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the association between the timing of recess (pre-lunch vs post-lunch recess), the timing of the lunch period, and food consumed by students at lunch...
June 14, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622884/the-effect-of-caloric-restriction-on-the-forelimb-skeletal-muscle-fibers-of-the-hypertrophic-myostatin-null-mice
#15
Mohamed I Elashry, Antonios Matsakas, Sabine Wenisch, Stefan Arnhold, Ketan Patel
Skeletal muscle mass loss has a broad impact on body performance and physical activity. Muscle wasting occurs due to genetic mutation as in muscular dystrophy, age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) as well as in chronic wasting disorders as in cancer cachexia. Food restriction reduces muscle mass underpinned by increased muscle protein break down. However the influence of dietary restriction on the morphometry and phenotype of forelimb muscles in a genetically modified myostatin null mice are not fully characterized...
June 13, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621401/encapsulation-of-sour-cherry-pomace-extract-by-freeze-drying-characterization-and-storage-stability
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Vesna Šaponjac, Gordana Ćetković, Jasna Čanadanović-Brunet, Sonja Đilas, Biljana Pajin, Jovana Petrović, Stajčić Slađana, Jelena Vulić
In this study sour cherry pomace was extracted with food-grade solvent (50% ethanol), concentrated and stabilized in whey and soy proteins by encapsulation. Soy proteins exhibited higher encapsulation efficiency (94.90%), but not significantly (p < 0.05), from whey (90.10%). Storage properties of whey (WP) and soy protein (SP) encapsulates in terms of total polyphenols, anthocyanins and antioxidant activity were tested for 6 weeks. At the end of storage period the retention of polyphenols in SP and WP was similar (67...
June 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616071/combined-de-novo-and-ex-novo-lipid-fermentation-in-a-mix-medium-of-corncob-acid-hydrolysate-and-soybean-oil-by-trichosporon-dermatis
#17
Chao Huang, Mu-Tan Luo, Xue-Fang Chen, Gao-Xiang Qi, Lian Xiong, Xiao-Qing Lin, Can Wang, Hai-Long Li, Xin-De Chen
BACKGROUND: Microbial oil is one important bio-product for its important function in energy, chemical, and food industry. Finding suitable substrates is one key issue for its industrial application. Both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates can be utilized by oleaginous microorganisms with two different bio-pathways ("de novo" lipid fermentation and "ex novo" lipid fermentation). To date, most of the research on lipid fermentation has focused mainly on only one fermentation pathway and little work was carried out on both "de novo" and "ex novo" lipid fermentation simultaneously; thus, the advantages of both lipid fermentation cannot be fulfilled comprehensively...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614768/melanocortin-4-receptor-agonist-ro27-3225-ameliorates-soleus-but-not-gastrocnemius-atrophy-in-arthritic-rats
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A B Gomez-Sanmiguel, M P Nieto-Bona, C Fernandez-Galaz, T Priego, A I Martin, A Lopez-Calderon
Adjuvant-induced arthritis in rats decreases body weight and muscle mass. Melanocyte stimulating hormone administration to arthritic rats decreases inflammation and skeletal muscle wasting. In this study, we investigate whether activation of melanocortin-4 receptor by RO27-3225 administration is able to prevent the effect of arthritis on the expression of muscle-specific E3 ubiquitin ligases and MyoD in two different muscles, gastrocnemius (a mainly fast type muscle) and soleus (slow type). Arthritis was induced in male Wistar rats by intradermal injection of Freund's adjuvant...
April 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613233/utilisation-of-plant-food-waste
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EDITORIAL
Costas E Stathopoulos
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June 14, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610443/valorization-of-potato-peel-a-biorefinery-approach
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Pranav D Pathak, Sachin A Mandavgane, Nikhil Manoj Puranik, Swapnil Jaygopal Jambhulkar, Bhaskar D Kulkarni
Potato is the fourth main crop consumed worldwide and is an important constituent in the human diet. Consequently, potato is widely used in food-processing industries. However, these industries generate massive amounts of potato peel (PP) as a by-product, which is usually considered a waste, and is discarded. Interestingly, recent research suggests that PP is a valuable source of bioactive compounds, which can be converted into value-added products. In this study, we review the physicochemical composition and valorization of PP...
June 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
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