In May 2014 the 3rd Kiel Food Science Symposium will take place at the Max Rubner-Institut, Location Kiel, Germany. The symposium will address various aspects of scientific research on Functional Food as well as Food Safety and Authentication with a focus on dairy products and seafood.
Prof. Dr. Knut Heller, Head of the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Max Rubner-Institut Kiel was given the Innovation Price 2013 awarded by the Milchindustrie-Verband (MIV) (Association of the German Dairy Industry).
A hitherto unknown bacterial species was isolated in the course of a study on the effect of a probiotic drink on the incidence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the human throat. A cooperation of scientists from the MRI and from the University of Ghent was established to investigate the exact taxonomical status of this new species. For this, both molecular biological and phenotypic investigations were performed.
Health Aspects of Milk and Dairy Products
The Max Rubner Conference 2013 will address the topic „Health Aspects of Milk and Dairy Products“. In Western countries milk and dairy products contribute significantly to the intake of essential nutrients. Recently, health effects of milk and dairy products have increasingly come into public focus regarding their beneficial but also potential adverse effects. The aim of the Max Rubner Conference 2013 is to present current know-ledge regarding the health aspects of the consumption of milk and dairy products in the light of recent nutritional, clinical, and technological research.
Max Rubner Conference 2012
The international Max Rubner Conference on antibiotics in the food chain took place at the Max Rubner-Institut in Karlsruhe from 8 to 10 October 2012. The Department of Safety and Quality of Cereals of the Max Rubner-Institut in Detmold was responsible for the scientific organization. Scientists from Finland to Israel, from Norway to Italy came to Karlsruhe to lecture and discuss on the current status on this socially important research field.
The International Competence Center on Meat Quality at the Max Rubner-Institut in Kulmbach, Germany, is pleased to announce the 2nd International Summer School on Meat Research to be held from 25 to 28 September 2012.
The workshop is dealing with the "Technology of Cooked Sausage Processing".
The Max Rubner Conference 2011 on Food Metabolomics will take place from October 9-11, 2011 at the Max Rubner-Institut in Karlsruhe. The conference seeks to cover the whole range of metabolomics applications in food sciences and research and will bring together those scientists interested in this future-orientated analytical technology. Leading international experts will define the state-of-the-art in this field and will present advantages as well as limitations of the various metabolomics methods. Our main topics are Methods in Metabolomics: Advantages and Limitations,
Metabolomics in Food Safety, Metabolomic Applications to Assess Food Quality and Metabolomics and Nutrition.
Development of fast screening methods for developing countries to improve quantity and quality of carbohydrates in potato, sweet potato and yam bean
Plant carbohydrates (CHO) are an important energy source for humans. To improve quantity and quality of CHO in potatoes, sweet potatoes and yam beans (most relevant tuber and root crops in some areas of developing countries), a project was carried out to establish basic data for future breeding. The International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima / Peru provided an extensive set of genotypes that was propagated in two consecutive years under different climate conditions in Peru. Laboratory analyses were carried out at the Max Rubner-Institut, Department of Safety and Quality of Cereals, Germany.
In 2011, the Max Rubner-Institut will launch its first “International Summer School on Meat Research”. Its goal is to offer a scientific and technical forum with international reach on meat quality. Workshops and symposia will provide a platform that allows easy and intense exchange of information and data and the comparison of different approaches. Overall priority will be the creation of networks. The Summer School is an important tool for knowledge transfer between science and industry and other experts within the value chain of meat on a national and international level. The 2011 Summer School will focus on “Ageing and Packaging of Meat”.
130 nutrient information data on 15,000 foods
How much magnesium is contained in 100 grams of banana and what about the real iron content of spinach? Approximately five times more than in apricots, which are usually referred as being rich in iron, but little more than in dandelions from the garden. Persons dealing with issues on nutrient content can now consult the new version of the German Nutrient Data Base 3.0 (BLS). This database maintained by the Max Rubner-Institut has been largely revised. The BLS 3.0 covers 15,000 foods, 4,000 more than the previous version.
The Max Rubner-Institut (MRI) gets an international centre of competence for meat quality. This was the announcement of Ilse Aigner, Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection at the opening of the annual symposium "Kulmbacher Woche" at the location Kulmbach in the presence of approximately 250 listeners from science, business, organizations and politics.
Researchers at the Max Rubner-Institut inhibit the production of toxins
Whether oranges, grapes or strawberries – they are all liable to go mouldy after only a short period in storage. Moulds and their spores are ubiquitous, with virtually no protection possible. Researchers at the Max Rubner-Institut have developed a process that may not completely kill the moulds, but effectively inhibits their growth: certain wavelengths of visible light disrupt the rhythm of life of many forms of mildew so successfully that they stop producing fungal toxins and in the best-case scenario, stop growing altogether.
The new internet appearance of the Max Rubner-Institut offers interesting research results and current information on the activities of the various departments, interspersed with a look behind the scenes, such as the MRI’s research farm or the voyages of the research ship Walther Herwig III. Although some areas of the brand new site are still being updated, our new online presence is designed to provide interesting information to consumers and scientists alike. We apologize for any shortcomings during this initial stage and are looking forward to your comments.
The MRI signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Otago. The University, which was founded in 1869, has made a name for itself especially in the area of nutritional research and is ranked as one of the top scientific institutions in New Zealand. Functional food, a major research topic of the University, interconnects it with the Max Rubner-Institut. In the future both research institutions intend to have an avid scientific exchange, plan joint research projects, and benefit from their mutual competence by exchanging guest scientists. The cooperation is also designed to make it easier for students of both countries to do internships in the other country respectively.