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Walking molecule now carries packages

...anic compound, anthraquinone is widely used in the pulp industry for turning cellulose from wood into paper. It is also the parent substance of a large class of dyes and pigments. Its chemical formula is C14H8O2. The UCR study used a scanning tunneling microscope in Bartels's laboratory that gives a pre...

Sequencing of the oyster mushroom genome

...ils and by-products of the timber industry such as pulp and paper. Thus, the study of the functioning of the oyster mushroom and of its strategies for adapting to its growth environment and for degrading lignin found in agricultural waste or decomposing wood in the natural environment, may be used for d...

Ghengis Khan wonder berry could conquer heart disease

... of flavonoids and 70% of vitamin C present in the pulp of the red berries. Antioxidants in the berries inhibit so-called 'bad' LDL cholesterol oxidisation, which could provide a new weapon to fight cardiovascular disease. When LDL cholesterol is oxidized, it sticks to the lining of blood vessels. Con...

Developing uses for sugar-cane bagasse: Biotechnology applied to the paper industry

...rincipal raw material used for manufacturing paper pulp is wood. However, growing demand in the paper indu...se. However, whatever the raw material used, paper pulp has to undergo processing stages of delignification and bleaching to turn it into high-strength and ...

Exposure to dioxins influences male reproductive system, study of Vietnam veterans concludes

...rocesses such as incineration, smelting, paper and pulp manufacturing and pesticide and herbicide production. Humans are exposed to these chemicals primarily through consumption of animal fat and dairy products. Babies are exposed to the highest levels of dioxins through breast milk. Dioxins are elimin...

Important gene controlling tree growth and development found

...ailor made" quality parameters suited for improved pulp and paper production, better construction material... mankind such as renewable fuel, cellulose for the pulp and paper industry and construction materials. Compared to most other plants, trees display some ke...

Typhoid fever led to the fall of Athens

...cation techniques, Papagigorakis et al used dental pulp to identify DNA sequences similar to those of the modern day Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, the organism that causes typhoid fever. The results of this study point to typhoid fever as the probable cause of the Plague of Athens. Typhoid fever is...

Marine mammals are on the frontline of failing ocean health

... organic pollutants) - burning of municipal waste, pulp mills, flame retardants, stain repellents ?there are all sorts of sources," says Todd O'Hara of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In laboratory studies and acute exposure scenarios, persistent organic pollutants have been shown to affect brain fun...

Pulp mill devastates swans' sanctuary in Chile

A recently opened pulp mill in Chile has devastated one of South America'... Wildlife Fund's Global Toxic Program. "Before the pulp mill, there were more than 5,000 black necked swans in the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary. When w...

Environmental chemical cocktail may sabotage sperm

...icides, cleaning products and in the production of pulp paper and textiles. They investigated the effect the chemicals had on capacitation, the stage when a sperm acquires the ability to fertilise an egg. "We found that combinations of small quantities of these three xenobiotics stimulated sperm far more...

Green catalyst destroys pesticides and munitions toxins, finds Carnegie Mellon University

...gent (anthrax), reducing fuel pollutants, treating pulp and paper processing byproducts, and detoxifying pesticides. A major goal is to develop Fe-TAMLs as a safe, cost-effective means of global water decontamination. Collins and other members of his laboratory are presenting additional findings about F...

Camera Traps Catch Eye of the Tiger

...tat is converted to commercial plantations growing pulp wood and palm oil trees." This is the first time WWF has used camera traps to study tigers in Indonesia. In July 2004, field staff began handing out questionnaires to find out if local people had seen any tigers. Scientists then conducted a track su...

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