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Microbiologist joins AURI staff
New research: sodium reduction in blue cheese
AURI's meat lab featured in Minnesota Farm Guide
Corn-based firefighting gel featured on Discovery Channel
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February 2014

Jimmy Gosse, Ph.D., joined AURI's staff as microbiologist in February. He will work primarily out of AURI's lab in Crookston. Gosse aims to improve and expand the ways in which microbes add value, treat waste and provide new products for Minnesota entrepreneurs and established agribusinesses. He provides laboratory support and technical advice in the areas of microbial biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics for AURI partners.


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A reduction in sodium intake has been shown to significantly reduce systolic blood pressure in patients with and without preexisting hypertension. Blue cheese varieties contain higher sodium levels than many other cheeses. Sodium reduction in blue cheese has an effect on conditions and reactions providing the flavor and texture of blue cheese. This study analyzed the effects of 25% and 50% reductions of sodium. 


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AURI Meat Scientist Carissa Nath and the services AURI offers to those wanting to create new products were featured in a recent issue of Minnesota Farm Guide. "Have you wanted to commercialize your homemade beef jerky - or that extra special steak with your secret sauce?" writes Andrea Johnson. "If so, a call to Carissa Nath, meat scientist with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), may be helpful."


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Corn-based firefighting gel featured on Discovery Channel

TetraKO, the biodegradable water enhancer made by the South St. Paul, Minnesota, company EarthClean, was the subject of a Daily Planet episode on the Discovery Channel.  View the EarthClean video. (Please note that there are advertisements before the video begins.) TetraKO changes plain water into an adhering gel that knocks down fires faster than water or foam - without harming the environment or wildlife.


 >Read more about TetraKO