Tuesday, 15 March 2016

how can we produce functional fish feeds and novel fish?

This is the question we have tried to answer in this paper that has just been published in

Food Research International.

Structure and cardioprotective activities of polar lipids of olive pomace, olive pomace-enriched fish feed and olive pomace fed gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata)

Gilthead sea bream was aquacultured using 8% olive pomace in fish finishing diet.
Polar lipids of all samples were assessed in vitro towards platelet aggregation.
These polar lipid fractions were also studied by ES-MS/MS and GC–MS.
Major classes of diacyl-glycerophospholipids (PC, PE, PI, PG, PA) were identified.
Two PE species were identified in OP, OP-diet and fish fed with OP-diet.

Total lipids of olive pomace (OP), olive pomace diet (OP diet), fish oil diet (FO diet) and fish filets of farmed gilthead sea bream (fish fed with FO diet and OP diet respectively) were extracted and separated into polar (TPL) and neutral (TNL) lipids. All samples were assessed for their in vitro activity against washed rabbit platelets aggregation induced by platelet activating factor (PAF) and they were further analyzed by electrospray-mass spectrometry. The high levels of palmitic (16:0), oleic (18:1 cis ω − 9), linoleic (18:2 ω − 6) and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA 22:5 ω − 3) contained in both OP and FO diets are reflected to the gilthead sea breams fed with the individual diet respectively, while the gilthead sea bream fed with FO diet displays a decrease in DPA. All samples contained various glycerophospholipids species. Two PE species were identified in OP, OP diet and fish fed with OP diet and not in FO diet, while that might be an indication that these substances are likely to be the key polar phospholipids that have the ability to be in vitro PAF inhibitors, i.e. inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in blood arteries.

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The related patent can be found here.



Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Why strawberries are red and blackcurrants blue?

Pelargonidin is the anthocyanin in strawberries; Delphinidin is in blackcurrants.
Why do they have a different colour?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016


A good teacher is a treasure for his/her students and for Society and never forgotten!

In my life, I was so lucky to have good teachers!

My boys are lucky too!

And here are the 10 finalists for Global Teacher Prize.

They are all amazing!

Enjoy their stories!