Opportunities for plant science to contribute to global food security include increasing the yield and quality of crops, making plants less susceptible to pests and more resistant to herbicides, and enabling maximal crop productivity in sub-optimal growth conditions. PerkinElmer offers a wide portfolio of solutions for plant genomics research including automated sample prep with dozens of validated methods. LabChip? automated capillary electrophoresis quickly quantitates DNA/RNA for downstream processing.
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Food fraud and adulteration has become of particular concern to the industry over the past few years following reports of incidents in the media, with herbs and spices identified as one of the key problem areas. NIR spectroscopy used with the method outlined here can provide a rapid screening technique for detecting adulteration in herbs and spices.
Herbal lifestyle products are widely used as alternatives to medicines around the world, with as many as 80% of people using them as a primary source of healthcare in developing countries. These treatments are commonly regarded by scientific papers, and on some occasions the media, as being inferior to orthodox treatment. This is due to the variation between herbal formulations which will not be present in so called ‘single-chemical’ drugs. The reasons for the aforementioned variation involve several factors including storage, environmental conditions, handling and unintentional or intentional contamination (adulteration).
Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an important technique for materials checking at various stages of the manufacturing process, but is particularly useful at the raw materials inspection stage. Raw materials come in a variety of physical forms including liquids, gels, and solids, requiring a versatile instrument with convenient, interchangeable sampling modules to cater to the entire range of raw materials encountered.