February 2014: of Keynotes and Highlights


12th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 14-17 September 2014, Montpellier, France
Oysters and the "Étang de Thau"
3rd European Symposium on Microbial Lipids
EJLST: Earlyview Highlights
Congress Calendar
Dear colleagues,
We would like to remind you that the next Euro Fed Lipid Congress will be held in Montpellier, France, on September 14-17, 2014, and will be co-hosted by GERLI (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche en Lipidomique) and SFEL (Société Française d’Etude des Lipides). Intitled "Oils, Fats and Lipids: From Lipidomics to Industrial Innovation", this congress will cover various aspects of lipid research in the framework of 17 thematic sessions. It will be a unique opportunity to have a broad and comprehensive view on recent discoveries and developments in the lipid world. We hope it will trigger new contacts and provide a platform for developing new collaborations among academic scientists and those from industry. The session chairmen have already accomplished a perfect job in contacting internationally recognized scientists for plenary and keynote lectures. We are pleased to confirm the participation of the following invited speakers:

Rolf Schmid, Bio4business, Stuttgart, Germany (Opening Lecture)
John Chapman, Paris, France (European Lipid Science Award Lecture)
John Harwood, Cardiff, UK (Chevreul Medal Lecture)
Uwe Bornscheuer, Greifswald, Germany (Wilhelm Normann Medal Lecture)
Rui J.B. Bessa, Lisbon, Portugal (Lipids in Animal Science session)
Quinn Zhu, DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE/USA (Biotechnology and Enzyme Technology session)
David Moore, Houston, TX/USA (Molecular and Cellular Biology of Lipids in Health and Disease session)
Philippe Legrand, Rennes, France (Lipids in Nutrition session)
Markus R. Wenk, Singapore (Lipidomics, Analytics, Authenticity, Imaging session)
Philip C. Calder, Southampton, UK (Marine Lipids session)
Jie-Oh Lee, Daejon, Korea (Microbial Lipids session)
Nicos A. Petasis, Los Angeles, USA (Lipid Chemistry and Oleochemistry session)
Zoubida Charrouf, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat, Morocco (Mediterranean Oil session) Choo Yuen May, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Palm oil session)
Bernard Cabane, Paris, France (Physical Chemistry, Lipid Biophysics and Formulations session)
Sébastien Baud, Versailles, France (Plant Lipids, Oil Seeds, Plant Breeding session)
Wim De Greyt, DeSmet Ballestra Group, Zaventem, Belgium (Processing session)
Kazuo Miyashita, Hokkaido, Japan (Lipid Oxidation and Antioxidants session)
Arne Astrup, Copenhagen, Denmark (Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition session)

Besides our national members from SFEL and GERLI, we hope this program will be attractive for other European societies and colleagues from all over the world.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier in September.

Villeneuve Carriere
Pierre Villeneuve,
Euro Fed Lipid Vice President
SFEL Past President
Frédéric Carriere,
GERLI President

12th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 14-17 September 2014, Montpellier, France

Deadline for oral presentations is 14 February 2014

Please find guidelines and further details at the congress webpage.

New sponsors and exhibitors this month:

BASF Solazyme B+B Clariant DSM Koerting DeSmet

Poster MPL


Oysters and the Étang de Thau


The Étang de Thau or Bassin de Thau is the largest of a string of lakes that stretch along the Languedoc-Roussillon, French coast from the Rhône River to the foothills of the Pyrenees which form the border to Spain. with 21 km length and 8 km width It is the second largest lake in France.

Until relatively recently the étangs from Marseillan to the Rhône were a continuous stretch of inland waterway. Early settlers described this as 'une petite mer intérieure et tranquille'. It provided access to, in particular, Marseillan - a fishing village that became a trade centre.

Open to the sea the étang has fish such as the dorade (bream), but more importantly a thriving shellfish industry. 18 sorts of shellfish are taken from the étang - the most important being oysters. 750 producers farm 2,750 oyster tables and take some 13,000 tonnes annually. This provides for about 8.5% of France's consumption.

Oysters from the Étang de Thau are marketed under the name of huîtres de Bouzigues (Bouzigues Oysters) after the village where oyster production started. Fixed with cement to ropes, the young oysters are immersed in the water until they reach a size suitable for consumption. Thau water is graded A and so shellfish can be caught and consumed within minutes.

In addition to oysters, some 3,000 tonnes of mussels are produced every year.

Fresh oysters must be alive just before consumption or cooking. There is only one criterion: the oyster must be capable of tightly closing its shell. Open oysters should be tapped on the shell; a live oyster will close up and is safe to eat. Oysters which are open and unresponsive are dead and must be discarded.

Opening oysters requires skill. The preferred method is to use a special knife (called an oyster knife, a variant of a shucking knife), with a short and thick blade about 5 cm (2.0 in) long.

While different methods are used to open an oyster, the following is one commonly accepted oyster-shucking method.
- Insert the blade, with moderate force and vibration if necessary, at the hinge between the two valves.
- Twist the blade until there is a slight pop.
- Slide the blade upward to cut the adductor muscle which holds the shell closed.

Thau Meze


Source: Wikipedia, Authors Emeraude, Harrieta171, David


3rd European Symposium on Microbial Lipids

3rd European Symposium on Microbial Lipids:
Model Organisms and Biodiversity
28-31 May 2014, Hamburg, Germany

Please make sure to submit your lecture or poster abstract at the congress webpage .

For companies active in the field we offer some opportunities to exhibit their products and services and to enhance their visibility within the community.

Standard sponsoring packages start as low as 500 Euro and offer a great value for money. For details see here.

Confirmed keynote lectures:

Lipids of Yeast and Fungi
Andreas Conzelmann, Fribourg/CH: The Ceramide-centered View of Sphingolipid Metabolism in budding Yeast
Maurizio Del Poeta, New York/USA: On Lipids, Membrane Stability and Fungal Virulence
Pathogens Take up and Metabolize Host Lipids
Cherilyn Elwell, San Francisco/USA: Chlamydia coopts host lipid transport systems to establish an onsite sphingomyelin synthesis factory
Archaeal Ether Lipids
Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté, Utrecht/NL: Etherlipids of Archaee
Lipids of Cyanobacteria and Chloroplasts
Iris Maldener, Tübingen/D: Filamentous Cyanobacteria use a Type 1 Secretion System to export Glycolipids during Cell Differentiation
Hiroyuki Ohta, Tokyo/J: Evolutionary Implications of Glycolipid Biosyntheis in Cyanobakteria and Chloroplasts
Lipids of Algae
Christoph Benning, East Lansing/USA: Microalgal Metabolism of Triacylglycerols in Response to Changes in the Metabolic Status of the Cell
Olga Sayanova, Harpenden/UK: Metabolic Engineering of Microalgae to produce High Value Lipids
Lipids of Bacteria
Katarzyna Duda, Borstel/D: Structure - Function Relationships of Lipid-containing Molecules of certain Bacteria
Lipid Signalling
Howard Riezman, Geneva/CH: Control of Lipid Homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Ivo Feussner, Göttingen/D: Oxylipin Forming Enzymes in Microalgae

Microbial Lipids
Accumulation of lipids by modified Y. lipolytica strains
Picture: INRA - CNRS - INSA, Toulouse


EJLST: Earlyview Highlights

EPA vs DHA: New interesting data
This is an interesting study of the effects of EPA and DHA delivered in the form of phospholipids on metabolic markers in obese mice. Overall their effects were similar but there were some interesting differences. Briefly, anti-obesity and lipid-lowering effects of EPA-PL were superior to DHA-PL, while DHA-PL exhibited better anti-hypertension effects. Detailed account of the effects is presented and discussed.

Catalytic synthesis and characterization of phenol-branched-chain fatty acid isomers
In this paper an efficient approach to upgrade fats and oils to a new biobased product, hydroxyl-aryl-branched-chain fatty acid isomers, is described. The researchers employed H-ferrierite zeolite catalyst for the addition of phenol to the olefinic site of oleic acid, and obtained up to 70% yield of phenol-branched-chain fatty acid isomers.

If you are interested in the use of fats and oils as renewable feedstock for the chemical industry, do not miss the FREE January issue of EJLST completely devoted to this subject and including articles on hot topics such as nanoparticles, deep eutectic solvents, novel renewable polymers, and new insights into catalytic routes: FREE SPECIAL ISSUE:

Tridocosahexaenoyl glycerol purification from docosahexaenoic acid single cell oil
Researchers from Spain purified tridocosahexaenoyl glycerol, a valuable form of DHA, from a commercially available microalgae-derived docosahexaenoic acid single cell oil, DHASCO. The presented procedure uses only food-grade solvents and thus the resulting tri-DHA fraction (with about 80% DHA) can be used for nutritional or pharmaceutical purposes.

Lipid Technology Highlights: Beyond lipid research: Resveratrol Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine which has received considerable attention in recent years for its many beneficial effects on health and especially longevity and anti-aging. But there is also a lipid link – resveratrol is believed to counteract the detrimental effects of high-fat diet.
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Omega-3 and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids are thought to be beneficial in treating ADHD. Rachel Gow and Joseph Hibbeln discuss evidence from several clinical studies and raise questions regarding future research directions.





Congress Calendar

  • 10. Ölmüllertage des BDOEL, 25.-26. Februar 2014, Fulda, Deutschland
  • Atheroprevention: Global Perspectives and Evolving Concepts
    13-16 March 2014, Maui, Hi, USA
  • 5th International Singapore Lipid Symposium (ISLS5), 18-21 March 2014, Singapore
  • 7th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry, 23-25 March 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • SFEL: Journées Printemps 2014: "Dairy Lipids / Lipides Laitiers", 24 March 2014, Paris, France
  • 3rd Int. Conf. on Pre-Hypertension & Cardio Metabolic Syndrome, 27-30 March 2014, Warsaw, Poland
  • Olivenöl: Von sensorischen Erkenntnissen zur sensorischen Analytik, 28.-29. März 2014, Mannheim, Deutschland
  • Dairy Lipids and Saturated Fatty Acids, 1-2 April, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • US National Lipid Organisation: Annual meeting, 1-4 May, Orlando, Fl, USA
  • 105th AOCS Annual Meeting, 4-7 May 2014, San Antonio, Texas USA
  • Lipid Maps Annual Meeting, 13-14 May 2014, La Jolla, California USA
  • OFI Turkey, 20-21 May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
  • DGPR: 41. Jahrestagung, 22.-24.Mai 2014, Bad Segeberg, Deutschland
  • 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Palm Oil 2014, 26-28 May 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 3rd International Symposium on Microbial Lipids: Model Organisms and Biodiversity, 28-31 May 2014, Hamburg, Germany
  • SCI: Developments in Deep Fat Frying for Health and Quality, 5-6 June 2014, Reading, UK
  • ILPS Lecithin Short Course,12-13 June 2014, Ghent, Belgium
  • DGF: Analytik von Speisefetten- und Ölen, 22.-24. Juni 2014, Köln, Deutschland
  • 55th ICBL Conference, 23-27 June 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • ISSFAL 2014, 28 June-2 July 2014, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lipidomics for Biomarker and Clinical Analysis, 1-3 July 2014, Regensburg, Germany
  • Healthcare Integrated Biobanking and Multiomics Biomarker Analysis, 3-5 July 2014, Regensburg, Germany
  • 21st International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 6-11 July 2014, Guelph, Canada
  • FAT & Associés: "Explaining the Fast Changing High Oleic Oil Market", 4-5 September 2014, Paris, France
  • 12th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 14-17 September 2014, Montpellier, France
  • World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, 6-9 October 2014, Montreux, Switzerland
  • Workshop on Biolubricants Marketing Uses and Chemistry, 9-10 October 2014, Milano, Italy
  • OFI Asia 2014, 5-7 November 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2nd World Congress of Clinical Lipidology, 5-7 December 2014, Vienna, Austria

  • Kongress
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