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ICC to contribute to Whole Grain International Workshop on 3 November 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan

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There is growing interest in Asian countries to increase consumption of whole grain (whole wheat, whole rice, and others) in the general population. The introduction of Western diets to Asian populations has not only been a blessing to public health, as also an increase of various health risks can be observed. Roland Poms from ICC was invited to give an introduction to the European situation on whole grain consumption and various interventions and campaigns. He was also asked to talk about the Health Grain Forum's activities in this area. Some 220 nutritionists and food scientist from all over Taiwan attended the one day workshop on 3 November 2013 at Hung Kuang University in Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan. The workshop dealt with the "Nutritional and Practical Aspects of Whole Grain". There was consensus on the urgent need to harmonize the definition of whole grain as a pre-requisite to speak a common language in research, clinical and intervention studies, as well as labelling regulations. The Health Grain Forum and AACCI definitions are a good basis for definitions in other countries around the globe. It is the scientists' responsibility to come up with clear and simple messages that can be adopted by policy makers and implemented by industry. Harmonization and clarity of whole grain definitions and labels – as well as potentially associated claims – will help minimize confusion for the consumer and will support advocacy for a healthy diet including whole grain.

Renew your ICC Membership now! Not a member yet? Worth a strong consideration!

RSS ICC - Wed, 10/30/2013 - 16:44

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you. A short summary presentation about ICC's main activities in 2013 and eminent future plans can be found at

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Renew your ICC Membership now! Not a member yet? Worth a strong consideration!

RSS ICC - Wed, 10/30/2013 - 16:44

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you.

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Report: Flour-Bread '13 / Brašno-Kruh '13, Opatja, Croatia

RSS ICC - Sat, 10/19/2013 - 09:16

Some 200 participants from all over Europe and Asia attended the 2013 edition of the Flour-Bread Conference held in Opatija, Croatia, 16-18 October 2013, and organised by the Faculty of Food Technology Osijek and ICC, the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology. Over 100 papers were presented at the conference, which usually takes place every other year. The conference hosted presentations from academia as well as from industry, a small exhibition and a large poster session complemented the oral presentations. The conference languages were English and Croatian with simultaneous translation. The programme topics covered the following areas:

  • Breeding and quality of cereal grains
  • Grain storage and milling technology
  • Analytical and rheological methods
  • Baking technology
  • Improvers and additives
  • Starch and modified starch
  • Extrusion and pasta production
  • Biscuit and pastry products
  • Nutritional quality of cereals
  • Cereal food safety
  • Cereal functional food

ICC thanks its Croatian members for organising and managing the conference. Their efforts largely contributed to the success of this meeting. We hope to see you (again) in Opatija in October 2015.

2nd iFAAM consortium meeting upcoming

RSS ICC - Thu, 09/19/2013 - 21:16

The 2nd iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management) consortium meeting will be held 7th-9th October 2013 in Cork, Ireland. Roland Poms will represent ICC and MoniQA. For more information on this event please see here.

For further information on the project please click here.

Join us for the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

RSS ICC - Wed, 09/18/2013 - 10:19

The ISEKI_Food network, through the ISEKI_FOOD 4 project, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus programme, in collaboration with the ISEKI-Food Association is organising the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, May 21-23, 2014.

The general aims of the ISEKI_Food conference series are to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply, will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organized: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.

For more information read the first call or visit the conference website

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MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting, October 2013

RSS ICC - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 15:41

The next MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting (by invitation only) will be held on 10 October 2013 prior to the 27th Meeting of the Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity in Darmstadt, Germany, 10 - 12 October 2013.

Please find details of the Prolamin WG meeting at

ICC Luncheon 2013

RSS ICC - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 10:48

Everyone is cordially invited to the ICC Luncheon 2013. Recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming projects and events will be announced. Don't miss the unique opportunity to meet new colleagues and get reacquainted with old friends from our global cereal family.

Tickets need to be purchased through registration for the AACC International Annual Meeting 2013 (Event website: Special discounts apply for students. ICC Academy Fellows can request a complimentary ticket from ICC Headquarters (sabine [dot] gratzer [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at).

ICC awards Clyde Bailey Medal and Friedrich Schweitzer Medal in Perth, Australia

RSS ICC - Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:31

ICC would like to congratulate our newest awardees, who received their awards during the ICC Conference 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia, 28 August 2013:

Dr. Colin Wrigley, Honorary Research Fellow at Food Science Australia, and Consultant to the Value-Added Wheat Cooperative Research Centre was awarded The Clyde H. Bailey Medal for his outstanding achievements in the service of cereal science and technology.


Dr. Anthony B. Blakeney, Consultant to the Cereal Grain and NIR and Cereal equipment industries was awarded The Friedrich Schweitzer Medal for his distinguished service in the furtherance of the aims and ideals of ICC.


Food Security Expert Meeting in Perth to give direction for future research collaboration

RSS ICC - Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:24

ICC and Curtin University organised a Food Security Expert Meeting at Curtin University on Friday, 30 August 2013, right after the international cereals and grain conference in Fremantle.

The meeting was chaired by Janet Bornman and Vicky Solah, both from Curtin University; 12 international experts and 4 regional representatives, from Australia, Austria, France, Singapore, Nigeria, and South Africa, discussed priorities, possibilities and potential collaborative efforts between Australia and the international cereals community in ICC to reduce hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting better crop usage and increasing income of local farmers.

The group assessed societal needs and provided background information on food insecurity, risk factors, and emerging issues. The attendees determined the strengths of Curtin University and Australia's experiences as well as ICC's possibilities and track record in coordinating large projects and the association's engagement in the area of food security and sustainability to respond to the identified needs and opportunities. Some activities were prioritized for this group to elaborate further and to open to a wider circle in due time.

Success Story: ICC Conference 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, 25 - 28 August 2013

RSS ICC - Fri, 09/13/2013 - 13:49

Well over 200 participants enjoyed the exciting scientific programme and the ample opportunities for discussions and networking at the ICC Conference 2013 in association with the 63rd Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference 25 - 28 August 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, WA, Australia. Initially, around 120 people were anticipated, which was about doubled in the end. Participants came from around the globe including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay, and USA. A special thank you goes to our Australian colleagues Larisa Cato (Conference Chair), Vicky Solah (ICC Deputy National Delegate), both from Curtin University, and Mark Bason from Perten and current President of AGSA (ICC National Delegate), who made this meeting into a great success by their continued efforts over the past year.

The conference was a three day event covering various grain and cereal related topics such as

  • Grain functionality
  • Health & nutrition
  • Latest research in Durum wheat
  • Latest research in oats barley and sorghum
  • New genes for better grain quality
  • Rapid testing technology and applications
  • Emerging world markets
  • Agricultural perspective (plant breeding)

Quite unique for an ICC Conference was the growers' session at the Perth meeting, which included presentations from science, industry, farmers, and policy makers. This session prompted interesting discussions and gave the international community insight in the Australian situation. This discussion was summarized by Bob Cracknell and may help in establishing collaborations to overcome some of the mentioned challenges.

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El consumo de pan se recupera ligeramente

RSS Panaderia - Fri, 08/30/2013 - 12:23

Son cifras hechas públicas por el Panel de Consumo confeccionado por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA), durante el último período (abril 2012-abril 2013); cada español consumió una media de 36,12 kilos, lo que significa un ligero aumento del 1,8% con respecto al mismo periodo del año anterior. Sin embargo, el gasto se ha mantenido estable debido a que justamente el precio medio se contrajo un 1,9% en dicho periodo.

Estas cifras las recupera y destaca recientemente la Campaña Pan Cada día, preocupada por incentivar el consumo de este alimento y por desmitificar los falsos mitos que sustentan su arrinconamiento en nuestras dietas.

El estudio de MAGRAMA también puso en evidencia que el 51.2% del pan consumido en el hogar se compra en el "canal dinámico", es decir en hipermercados, supermercados y tiendas de descuento, lugar que además ha aumentado un 3,1% su porcentaje de comercialización con respecto a la tienda tradicional a lo largo del último año.

Por comunidades autónomas, las más consumidoras de pan son Navarra, Galicia y Castilla y León, mientras que a la cola se sitúan Baleares y Madrid.

Join us for the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

RSS ICC - Wed, 07/31/2013 - 22:17

After the great success of the 1st and 2nd International ISEKI_Food Conferences in Porto 2009 and Milan 2011, ICC as project partner in ISEKI_Food 4 has the pleasure to invite you to meet again in Athens in 2014. The conference is entitled "Food Science and Technology Excellence for a Sustainable Bioeconomy" and will bring together food scientists from research and industry, technologists, students, and the wider community, to discuss and collaborate on specific topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education, under the themes:

  • Re-thinking education: enhancing Food Science & Technology competences for Bioeconomy 2020
  • Knowledge and Innovation in research towards a bioeconomy perspective
  • Food Industry for a sustainable planet food supply

The conference will allow the dissemination of ISEKI_Food 4 project accomplishments and the future activities of the ISEKI-Food Association.

Involving organised speaker sessions, poster presentations and exhibitions, the conference will also offer two pre-conference workshops on the following topics:

  • State of Research in Europe in the Field of Food Science and Technology: presentation of PhD student research activities
  • Industry meets Academia and PhD programmes

For more information read the attached first call and visit the conference website

2nd Overall meeting of the ISEKI_Food 4 Project, Kaunas, Lithuania

RSS ICC - Wed, 07/31/2013 - 13:31

The second overall meeting of the ISEKI_Food 4 Project was attended by 91 participants representing 30 countries between 15 – 17 May 2013 at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania Main content of the meeting was presentation of new information on the current EU educational framework in FS&T and professional career of food industry professionals as well as more project-specific aspects on the intermediate project report, project activities and financial aspects by project coordinator Paola Pittia. The remainder of the morning was spent updating partners on work package progress. The meeting was a good opportunity to engage with partners in work package activities, brainstorming workshops and interactive panel discussions on topics such as new skills for new jobs, joint degrees and internationalisation, and ethical issues in FS&T.

For Roland Poms, who attended the meeting on behalf of ICC (project partner), it was also a good opportunity to meet with representatives from KTU (Corporate Member of ICC since 2010) and to discuss an extended and more intense collaboration with Lithuania at the Ministry of Agriculture in Vilnius.

Abengoa inaugura la primera planta de transformación de residuos en biocombustibles (W2B)

RSS Ibercib - Biocombustibles - Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:36

La empresa española del sector de las energías renovables Abengoa ha inaugurado una planta de demostración capaz de transformar 25.000 toneladas de residuos sólidos urbanos (RSU) en 1,5 millones de litros de bioetanol mediante un tratamiento de fermentación e hidrólisis enzimática.

En este proceso, los residuos se someten a varios tratamientos con el fin de obtener fibra orgánica rica en celulosa y hemicelulosa, que posteriormente puede transformarse en bioetanol. El producto de esta planta puede utilizarse como aditivo para incrementar el octanaje de la gasolina e incluso como sustancia intermedia para la producción de queroseno de aviación. También puede utilizarse en la industria química y farmacéutica, como por ejemplo en la producción de disolventes o cosméticos. Abengoa afirma que el proceso W2B constituye un gran paso adelante en la gestión de residuos, que contribuye a reducir los vertidos de residuos y la dependencia de los combustibles fósiles, así como las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en un 70 % por kilómetro recorrido.

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Investigadores de Harvard programan bacterias para fabricar precursores de biocombustibles de alta calidad

RSS Ibercib - Biocombustibles - Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:36

Un equipo de investigadores de Harvard ha utilizado un proceso de ingeniería metabólica racional para modificar la síntesis de los ácidos grasos en la bacteria Escherichia coli, a fin de incrementar la producción de un ácido graso concreto que es precursor del octano, un combustible de alta calidad que un día podría reemplazar a la gasolina.

El equipo centró su estrategia en la modificación de los ácidos grasos de cadena media (AGCM) —de entre 4 y 12 átomos de longitud— a los que se asocia con una mayor calidad del combustible y se conoce por ser importantes precursores industriales. Concretamente, se fijó el objetivo de producir un ácido graso de ocho átomos de carbono denominado octanoato (o ácido octanoico) a partir del cual se puede obtener el combustible octano. Los investigadores demostraron técnicamente la producción de AGCM de entre 4 y 13 átomos de carbono e identificaron los factores que limitan su rendimiento. Después de observar que las tasas de elongación eran demasiado rápidas para que la producción de AGCM fuera óptima, diseñaron genéticamente la elongación de los ácidos grasos en la E. coli inhibiendo una enzima esencial para ralentizar el proceso de elongación en respuesta a un inductor químico y favorecer así la producción de ácido octanóico.

Los investigadores fueron capaces de maximizar el rendimiento de ácido octanoico en la cepa modificada tras probar la capacidad de una serie de mutantes para aumentar el flujo de carbono en la síntesis del ácido graso. El estudio, encabezado por científicos del Instituto Wyss de Ingeniería de Inspiración Biológica de la Universidad de Harvard y del Departamento de Biología de Sistemas de la Facultad de Medicina de Harvard, ha sido publicado en la revista Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ahora tienen previsto modificar la E. coli para transformar el octanoato y otros ácidos grasos en alcoholes, lo que les situaría tan solo un paso químico de producir octano.

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Un estudio afirma que la legislación sobre biocombustibles no tiene que ver con el alza de los precios de los alimentos

RSS Ibercib - Biocombustibles - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:04

En Washington se ha producido un nuevo giro en el debate entre alimentos y combustibles, a raíz de un estudio realizado por ABF Economics que no ha hallado correlación directa entre la legislación federal sobre biocombustibles —la conocida como Norma de los Combustibles Renovables o RFS por sus siglas en inglés— y el alza de los precios de los alimentos. Dicho estudio analizaba específicamente la relación entre la RFS y las recientes variaciones en los precios de los alimentos para los consumidores.

Dicho estudio analizaba la relación entre la RFS y las recientes variaciones en los precios de los alimentos y concretamente la relación entre el precio del maíz y los precios de los alimentos, los factores que afectan a los precios del maíz, el papel de los grandes agentes industriales en la determinación de los costes de los alimentos y la importancia relativa de componentes como los productos agrícolas y la energía en los precios de los alimentos. Según este estudio, la inflación del precio de los alimentos ha aumentado a menor ritmo desde 2007, año de la última revisión de la RFS. El estudio señala además que los productos brutos de los agricultores representan una pequeña parte del precio final de los alimentos, que está influenciado principalmente por la energía, en la transformación y otros costes externos.

La Unión Nacional de Agricultores ha acogido favorablemente este estudio, afirmando que la culpa del alza de los precios de los alimentos es del crecimiento de la demanda global, de la especulación en los mercados de productos básicos y especialmente de los elevados precios del petróleo, y no de la RFS. La Asociación de los Combustibles Renovables también respalda las conclusiones de ABF y cita el reciente informe del Banco Mundial que apunta que más del 50 % de las alzas de los precios de los alimentos se deben a los precios del crudo.

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Un estudio señala la falta de una política de gestión forestal sostenible para la bioenergía

RSS Ibercib - Biocombustibles - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:04

Un estudio realizado por un investigador de la Universidad de Illinois apunta que Estados Unidos debe adoptar una política orientada a una gestión forestal sostenible a fin de cumplir sus ambiciosos objetivos bioenergéticos. El estudio, cuya autora es Jody Endres, Profesora de Derecho de la Bioenergía, el Medio Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales en la Universidad de Illinois, cita la ausencia de una política estadounidense sobre el significado de la sostenibilidad forestal en el contexto bioenergético. Aunque las actuales políticas energéticas renovables reconocen la importancia de los bosques para hacer frente a la demanda de materias primas energéticas compatibles con el medio ambiente, aumenta la inquietud por el impacto destructivo que pueda tener la explotación de los bosques sin un beneficio neto en términos de cumplimiento de los objetivos de reducción de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.

Según Endres, Estados Unidos debe crear alguna clase de norma de certificación de plantaciones forestadas y entornos seminaturales que se utilicen como fuentes de materias primas bioenergéticas y debe estar en condiciones de valorar si la incorporación de esas tierras al sistema bioenergético tiene verdaderos beneficios ecológicos y climáticos. Endres afirma que una norma de esta índole facilitará el acceso al mercado bioenergético europeo, que es cada vez más exigente en materia de certificación de la sostenibilidad.

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El Ministro de Energía de Australia desvela la producción de biocombustibles a partir de algas

RSS Ibercib - Biocombustibles - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:04

Gary Gray, Ministro de Energía y Recursos de Australia, reveló que la empresa australiana Muradel Pty. Ltd. ha producido el primer biocombustible a base de microalgas en una instalación piloto de Whyalla (Australia del Sur).

El Ministro Gray afirmó que el biocombustible producido por este proyecto piloto sería un sucedáneo sostenible del crudo fósil y podría desplazar cada año hasta 30.000 millones de litros de combustibles derivados del petróleo, según un estudio encargado por el Gobierno australiano. Muradel produjo el aceite de algas dentro de un proyecto valorado en 10,7 millones de dólares australianos que cuenta con una inversión de 4,4 millones de la Agencia Australiana de las Energías Renovables. En la siguiente fase del proyecto, Muradel construirá una fábrica de demostración ampliada en Whyalla para continuar reduciendo el coste de producción del biocombustible. Está previsto que la fábrica de demostración esté terminada a finales de 2013 y operativa en 2014.

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