IFTNEXT Newsletter

IFTNext Newsletter

Inspiring Innovation to Feed the Future and Beyond 

Researched and written weekly by the editorial team of Food Technology magazine, the IFTNEXT Newsletter explores what are, arguably, the next big things in the science of food through reporting of scientific breakthroughs, leading-edge technology, novel food components, and transdisciplinary R&D.

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For the of week March 23, 2020

Kite HIll

Investors are bullish on alternative proteins

Investments in the agri-food tech industry totaled almost $20 billion in 2019, according to AgFunder’s sixth annual Agri-FoodTech Investing Report.
March 23, 2020
Kite HIll

Investors are bullish on alternative proteins

Investments in the agri-food tech industry totaled almost $20 billion in 2019, according to AgFunder’s sixth annual Agri-FoodTech Investing Report.
March 23, 2020
Monkeyface Prickleback Fish

Herbivorous fish may hold key to sustainable aquaculture

The discovery of an unusual fish that sustains itself by consuming a vegetarian diet of specialized algae holds promise as a more sustainable source of dietary protein for humans.
March 20, 2020
almonds and peaches

A new look at the almond tree genome

Scientists studying the genomes of an almond tree variety and the peach tree gained some important insights that may help improve the species, according to a study published in The Plant Journal.
March 19, 2020
Monkeyface Prickleback Fish

Herbivorous fish may hold key to sustainable aquaculture

The discovery of an unusual fish that sustains itself by consuming a vegetarian diet of specialized algae holds promise as a more sustainable source of dietary protein for humans.
March 20, 2020
almonds and peaches

A new look at the almond tree genome

Scientists studying the genomes of an almond tree variety and the peach tree gained some important insights that may help improve the species, according to a study published in The Plant Journal.
March 19, 2020

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What drives consumer liking of canned soup

Reducing sodium and fat in canned soup is challenging, as doing so affects how much consumers like the product. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign determined drivers of liking when sodium, fat, and herb levels are varied that could be used in reformulation efforts.

Flavanol biomarker allows for better measurement of dietary intake

A new biomarker identified by researchers at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, the University of California Davis, and Mars Inc. allows for more accurate measurement of human flavanol intake, a finding that will enable researchers to study the health benefits of flavanols better.

Novel composite antimicrobial film shows promise against foodborne pathogens

Researchers at Penn State University developed a composite antimicrobial film that can keep foodborne pathogens at bay and could one day be used to decrease outbreaks of foodborne illness.

Increasing rice grain yield

Seeking a way to increase grain yield, researchers at The University of Hong Kong, the University of Calgary, and Rothamsted Research collaborated on a study that lays the foundation for improving rice yields by augmenting the size and weight of grains by 10%.