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Monday, March 27, 2017

Romer Labs company profile

Founded in Washington, MO, in 1982, over the years Romer Labs became a leading provider of diagnostic solutions for the agricultural, food and feed industry.

Today, Romer Labs offers a broad range of innovative diagnostic solutions covering mycotoxins, food pathogens, food allergens, gluten, GMO, veterinary drug residues, and other food contaminants.

Their portfolio includes:

ELISA test kits - AgraQuant®
Lateral flow devices - AgraStrip® and RapidChek®
Fluorometric tests - FluoroQuant®
Enzymatic tests - EnzymeFast®
Reference materials - Biopure™
Cleanup Columns - MycoSep®, MultiSep®, MycoSpin®, StarLine™
Sampling mills

Furthermore, they operate four accredited, full-service laboratories in Austria, UK, US and Singapore.

Using cutting-edge technology in the fields of chromatography and immunological analysis, their labs offer services for the analysis of mycotoxins, food allergens, meat speciation, VDR and GMO.

Romer Labs is at the forefront of diagnostic technology and they are constantly expanding their product and service portfolio to meet your continuously evolving demands.

The key objective at Romer Labs is to provide scientifically sound, high-quality products and an exceptional service, in line with their mission – Making the World’s Food Safer®.

Would you like to join them in making a mark for a better world?

Visit  the website HERE.

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28/03/2017: Grouper farming: current bottleneck and new technology

by Huey-Lang Yang, Research Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Groupers are fish of several genera in the subfamily Epinephelinae of the family Serranidae

They are wild and spread globally in many warm water oceans, and can be quite large, such as the giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), which can commonly weigh up to 400kg.

Unlike other commonly farmed fish, grouper is a demersal fish that usually does not swim continuously, thus, it is an efficient and suitable fish for culture.

At least elven species of grouper have been farmed and the fertilised eggs of the following ten species are commercially available in Taiwan, such as giant grouper:

(E. lanceolatus), longtooth grouper (E. bruneus), coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus), red spotted grouper (E. akaara), orange spotted grouper (E. coioides), brown marbled grouper or tiger grouper (E. fuscoguttatus), Malabar grouper (E. malabaricus), camouflage grouper (E. polyphekadion), greasy grouper (E. tauvina), and polka dot grouper (Cromileptes altivelis).

Two species, such as E. coioides and E.malabadicus, have been successfully induced spawning, but other species are still unstable, such as E. bruneus, E. lanceolatus and P. leopardus.

The cultured fingerling has replaced the wild catch fingerling for most of the grouper farming. Grouper as a bottom fish is generally cultured in earthed ponds and shallow floating net cages in Southeast Asia.

The current culture system is fragmented and separated into at least four stages: brood stock farm supplies the fertilised eggs; hatchery supplies hatched larvae, nursery provides various size fingerlings to grow out farm.

All the stages have their own knowhow-based farmer’s experiences.

Current key bottleneck and disease

The stable supply of fingerling has facilitated the grouper farming in the past twenty years and about 100,000 tonnes of grouper was produced in Taiwan, China and south Asia at 2013.

However, high-density farming and repeated use of farming sites with non-responsible farming management has created drastic problems which has caused the industry to suffer many unsolvable problems in the past several years.

One of the major constraints is the disease, many diseases have already occurred such as VNN (Viral Nervous Necrosis, disease caused by NNV) which infects the brain and nervous system at the larvae and post-larval stage and has resulted total morality of larvae of all culture grouper species.

At the grow-out stage, NNV and Irido viruses and bacterial pathogens, such as Vibrio spp, Photobacterium, Aeromonads and Streptococcus as well as parasites are the main pathogens, especially, when fish are under stress.

Disease is not only causing mortality, it is also related to escalated production cost, unstable harvest, inferior fish quality, and damage to the farming environment.

Antibiotics and chemical drugs are currently used to treat disease, but unfortunately, this practice also causes the outgrowth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Many countries around the world have tightened regulation on the use of antibiotics in aquaculture, but this rule is just palliatives and difficult to abide, as farmer needs solution.

About the Author: 

Dr H-L Yang obtained his Ph.D. at UC Davis in Bacteriology and post-doctoral traning at Columbia University in USA.

Dr Yang was the CEO of Merit Ocean Biotech. Inc. that was established in 2011 after receiving his virus free indoor hatchery system.

Prior to this, he has worked as director of Institute of Bitoechnology and director of University Centre for Bioscience and Biotechnology at National Cheng Kung Univ, senior research fellow at Academia Sinica and director of Molecualr Biology at Development Centre of Biotechnology.

Fifteen years ago, Dr Yang shifted his research interest from bio-medicine of mammals to bio-medicine of fish and founded the R&D team of grouper with the intention of ameliorating the disease-related mortality of warm water aquaculture.

Dr Yang’s significant accomplishments were recognised by the Taiwanese government, and have obtained several domestic and international awards including the Distinguished Contribution in Science and Technology by Executive Yuan (cabinet), award of successful example of investment in R&D on Biotechnology and the Innovation award (Ministry of Agriculture).

International awards include the TWAS (The Academy of Sciences of Developing Country, a UN support organisation of the Academy of 68 developing countries) prize in Agricultural Sciences (2009), and he was elected as VIP in aquaculture of 2011, by China “Advance in Aquaculture” magazine.

Read the full article HERE.

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28/03/2017: Nutriad showcases additive solutions for responsible antibiotics use at VIV Asia

The pressure on the use of AGP’s in Asia has gained momentum since the Korean ban in 2011

At the recent VIV Asia in Bangkok (Thailand), multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, presented solutions for reduction of antibiotics usage in livestock production.

 Dr Tim Goossens
This year’s VIV that saw a record attendance, served as an excellent platform for sharing insights on how feed additives can help the reduction of non-therapeutic use of antibiotics.

Nutriad attended industry experts from across the world at its booth and participated in several conferences and seminars during the week.

At the technical conference ‘Immunosuppression 2017’ which took place before the opening day of VIV Asia, Dr Radka Borutova, Business Development Manager at Nutriad, presented on Mycotoxins: A gateway to infectious diseases.

Consumption of some mycotoxins, at levels that do not cause overt clinical mycotoxicosis, suppresses immune functions and may decrease resistance to infectious disease.

Dr Radka Borutova
“As Asia Pacific countries are still importing most of their raw feed ingredients, and since the mycotoxin situation in Europe and USA seem to be quite serious, APAC poultry, swine, ruminants and aquaculture producers are exposed to an increased mycotoxin risk in 2017”, said Dr Radka Borutova.

On the final day of VIV Asia, Dr Tim Goossens, Business Development Manager at Nutriad, presented a talk on the challenges that producers of gut health promoting additives are facing.

“By now, it is clear that many active ingredients can be linked to gut health. But to develop a product that is just as robust as AGPs, their potential needs to be maximised”, said Dr Goossens.

Erik Visser
He talked about butyrate as an example.

“Butyrate has the potential to trigger several physiological responses that are beneficial for gut health and performance. That potential will only be met, if you invest in a coating that is able to deliver butyrate throughout the entire digestive tract, like Nutriad does with ADIMIX®Precision.”

Erik Visser, CEO Nutriad, concluded, “Pressure from government regulation and consumers will shape the demands on livestock and aquaculture producers in Asia as far as antibiotics usage is concerned, just as we are seeing and have seen in other parts of the world. With a proven track record of additive solutions across the world, NUTRIAD is well positioned to work alongside producers to define answers for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Feedback from industry at the recent VIV once more showed how our collaborative approach to the market is appreciated and valued.”

Read more HERE.

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28/03/2017: Roundtable on Responsible Soy reveals full conference line-up, early bird passes available

The Roundtable on Responsible Soy Association, the internationally recognised organisation promoting responsible production, processing and trading of soy, announces its final line-up of speakers for the RT12 / Zero Deforestation: Transparency and Scale conference taking place in Lille, France, 31st May – 1st June 2017
 Speakers include representatives from Nestle, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Proterra, European Commission, Imperial College London and many other key industry partners and academics.

This year’s event, which will attract 250 stakeholders from the global supply chain, will explore practical solutions to achieving continuous improvement in sustainable soy through dialogue with thought leaders within the sector.

The two-day event will focus on deforestation (monitoring strategies and tools; risk analysis; solutions for bridging the gap between legal compliance and zero deforestation), supply chain transparency (challenges and solutions for sustainable physical supply chains; transparency tools; stories from the field) and issues around the scaling up of production (jurisdictional approaches; finance and government; synergies between soy standards). Early bird tickets still are available at a discounted price.

The full line-up of speakers has been confirmed as:

- Sandra de Bruin - GMP+ International (Project Coordinator) – The Netherlands

- Olaf Brugman - Rabobank Markets (Head of Sustainability) – The Netherlands

- Stephen Donofrio - Change|Forest Trends (Senior Advisor at Supply) - USA

- Madeleine Eilert - Nestlé – (Responsible Sourcing Manager| Cereals, Sugar and Soya) - Switzerland

- Rachael Garrett - Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University (Assistant Professor) - USA

- Gisela Introvini – Fapcem (Superintendent) - Brazil

- Emma Keller - WWF UK (Agricultural Commodities Manager) - UK

- Juliana de Lavor Lopes - AMAGGI (Sustainability Director) - Brazil

- Lisa Rausch - University of Wisconsin (Research Associate in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment) - USA

- Inke van der Sluijs - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – The Netherlands

- Kristell Guizouarn - Avril Group (Sustainability Chief Officer) - France

- Alejandro Brown – Proyungas (Presidente Fundación ProYungas) - Argentina

- Augusto Freire – ProTerra (President) - Brazil

- Ryan Sarsfield - WRI: Global Forest Watch (Latin America Commodities Manager) - USA

- Daniel Nepstad- Earth Innovation Institute (Executive Director) – USA

- Stefan Heinke –Bayer (Global Sustainability Manager) - Germany

- Erin Logan – Proforest (Deputy Director Responsible Sourcing) - UK

RTRS’s latest enhancement of its Soy Production Standard (version 3.0) has created the world’s first Zero Deforestation multi-stakeholder certification standard.

It is the only multi-stakeholder certification scheme that guarantees zero deforestation in responsible soy production.

To find out more information or to register, click HERE.  

Read more HERE.

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Liptosa company profile

LípidosToledo SA began in 1996 as a family business and under the guidance of a group of professionals with extensive experience in the Animal Nutrition field. 

From the outset, the company's mission has been to provide its clients with personalised service and efficient, natural products that are able to meet the demands of the sector.

In 2000 Lípidos Toledo SA moved its facilities, building a modern manufacturing plant in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo, Spain). In 2012 it acquired a new industrial warehouse in the vicinity of the main facilities where the manufacturing of the powder additives takes place and a third storage warehouse.

With these new facilities Lípidos Toledo SA is able to have separate manufacturing lines for the different products they manufacture, avoiding the risk of cross contamination.

Furthermore, the new facilities enable the company to manufacture products with fishmeal derivatives, allowing the company further expansion, mainly in the aquaculture range.

The facilities allow the manufacture of nutritional products, liquid and powder based phytobiotic additives, nutraceutical products and nutritional and specialty products without any risk of the products becoming cross contaminated.

In 2010, Lípidos Toledo SA acquired a large office space at C/ San Romualdo 12-14 in Madrid, Spain where all logistics work is carried out. This enables Lípidos Toledo SA to fulfil its objective of manufacturing products of the highest quality and providing its clients the best service.

Visit the website HERE.

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27/03/2017: Gene selection of ornamental shrimps in Taiwan

by Huang, Chang-Wen, National Taiwan Ocean University, Department of Aquaculture

New era of Ornamental Aquarium

In modern times, as people lead a busy and fast-tempo life and face heavy pressure, they are eager to have a high quality of life and relax by interacting with the natural world; hence, the demand for recreation and healing products is growing

As estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the total value driven by global ornamental aquatic animals, ancillary water quality equipment, and other such industries is projected to reach 15 billion USD.

In addition, the retail market of ornamental fish, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plants, and other ornamental aquatic organisms is estimated at about 6 billion USD each year.

The production and trade flow of such ornamental aquatic organisms are closely associated with the development direction of the industry, and have become products with development potential and competitive advantage.

At present, more than 100 countries have developed similar related industries, which have become star industries. The related value chains of the ornamental aquarium industry include, from upstream to downstream, breeding farms, interface equipment, sales channels, and cultural media, which focus on breeding animals and plants.

The various ornamental aquatic organisms are ever changing and have amazing appearance and characteristics, as well as glorious colours. In recent years, raising ornamental aquatic organisms has become one of the activities for people to relieve anxiety and life stress.

People are especially enamoured with ornamental shrimps, which can create wonderful life in a small space.

In spite of the sluggish ornamental aquarium market, the sales of ornamental shrimps can increase, and gradually stimulate the Otaku Economy, which will facilitate alleviating physical and mental pressure and Lohas aesthetics.

From rags to riches
It is appropriate to use the phrase "rags to riches" to describe the presence and evolution of ornamental shrimps in the past two decades.

The shrimps are collected from the wild, look ordinary, are priced at tael, and used as feed.

However, after long-term continuous innovation and improvement, the original species of bee shrimps and Neocaridina Denticulate have acquired a new look and show a wide array of colours.

They are dreamlike high-end products, and considered as works of art. Coupled with their subtle colours and special lines, their worth can double, thus, they can create a staggering output value.

In addition to increasing the beauty of aquarium landscaping, shrimps can also command residual fees, remove algae from the water, and contribute to the ecological stability of an aquarium; therefore, they meet the global trend of small aquariums, and have been welcomed by aquarium enthusiasts in developed countries. To date, they remain the key targets of popular aquarium pets, which are highly sought-after in the aquarium industry both at home and abroad.

Read the full article HERE.

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27/03/2017: SAIC champions importance of regional growth sectors to UK industrial strategy

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has given evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee as one of a panel of expert witnesses consulted on the recently published Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy

The Green Paper sets out the UK Government’s ambition to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity throughout the UK, along with how it proposes to achieve it.

Image: Martin de Lusenet
It is by no means a finished framework however, with input being sought from innovators, investors, employers, employees and the general public alike across every corner of the UK.

Providing oral evidence to the Select Committee on behalf of the Scottish aquaculture industry was SAIC CEO Heather Jones, “It was an honour to represent the industry – and, at the same time, Scotland’s wider Innovation Centre programme itself – and help lay the foundations for more balanced growth across the UK.”

“Aquaculture is a sector that is standing on its own two feet. It is globally profitable and is already harnessing innovation in robotics and other technologies. The industry is investing tens of millions of capex in the UK economy, and is driving up productivity through management leadership and training”.

“Yet within the proposed Industrial Strategy there is little mention of niche sectors or sectors with particular regional importance. That is why I welcomed the aspiration for balanced growth across all four home countries, but also urged the Select Committee to reflect the contribution of industries vital to rural and coastal communities within the advice it gives to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy.”

Helping shape the evidence provided, Heather Jones consulted with a cross-section of Scottish stakeholders prior to attending the Select Committee meeting.

These included leading farmed fish and shellfish producers and suppliers; key bodies such as the Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Universities Scotland; and Scotland’s other seven Innovation Centres.

Speaking on behalf of the Scottish Innovation Centres after her appearance, Heather Jones said,  “Many of our own sector strategies in Scotland directly mirror the ideas in the Green Paper. They are formed by Industry Leadership Groups and tackle key barriers to growth: ensuring a strong skills-base; boosting business investment in research and development; and directly supporting deeper industry-academic collaboration.”

“The real measure of whether the Industrial Strategy is successful or not will be whether it manages to close the productivity gap between the UK's best performing companies and places, and between its urban powerhouses and rural peripheries.”
To view the 'Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper', click HERE.

Read more HERE.

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