HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Tasting maple syrup, for science

Forget about buckets. In recent years, maple syrup has been made with reverse osmosis sap extractors and air injectors.

This week, the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill Center, VT, has opened a new research building to test exactly what effect these new technologies have on the chemistry and flavor of syrup.

It is the only such research processing facility in the world.

"Nobody since the 1940s has done these kinds of experiments, and the industry has changed a lot since then," says the center's director, Tim Perkins.

UVM's new facility will conduct experiments on up to four evaporators simultaneously, fed by a common sap source, allowing researchers to discover whether anecdotes about new, faster equipment are supported by science. For example, "air injectors appear to make the syrup lighter," Perkins says, but "how do they impact the flavor?"

Maple syrup science is a nose -- and mouth -- science. The technical term is organoleptic. "Which means you put it in your mouth and taste it," says Perkins. "We get people who know the flavor of maple syrup, and off-flavors, and they try each one." Laboratory tests using gas chromatography provide a breakdown of the many compounds in the syrup, which supplements the tastebud approach.

The interplay of seasonal tree biology, boiling temperature, microorganisms, sugar chemistry, storage time, final container -- and a long list of other subtleties -- makes each glinting amber-to-chocolate bottle of syrup nearly as distinct as varieties of wine. "Syrup is not just concentrated sap," Perkins says.

This new facility will allow Perkins and other researchers to conduct experiments on up to four evaporators simultaneously. With funding from the USDA, his research over the next two years will focus on air injectors.

Maple research began at UVM in the 1890s and the Proctor Maple Research Center was established in 1946 with the donation of an
'"/>

Contact: Joshua Brown
joshua.e.brown@uvm.edu
802-656-3039
University of Vermont
17-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Making science personal: Lilly Oncology to unveil 76 studies at ASCO 2007
2. Exercise science principles strengthen swallowing rehabilitation
3. Inaugural award honors collaborative team science
4. Key science Web sites buried in information avalanche
5. Computer scientist reveals the math and science behind blockbuster movies
6. The science behind a wrinkle-filler: Researchers discover for the first time how product works
7. Tobacco companies obstructed science, history professor says
8. Americans fear decline in US performance in math and science
9. Policy makers, networking agencies told to get their act together for nanoscience
10. Conference session highlights importance of interdisciplinary approach to Earth system science
11. New research effort to translate basic science into faster bone healing

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/15/2020)... ... May 15, 2020 , ... As businesses prepare to reopen, preventative ... is a need to combat the spread of the virus in a way that ... hopes to help with their TempCheck Sentinel and TempCheckplus Sentry no-contact infrared temperature sensing ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... , ... May 14, 2020 , ... ... addressing unmet needs in the field of urology, today announced that John Pettit, ... UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Pettit has achieved a ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... VEGAS (PRWEB) , ... May 14, 2020 , ... ... processing, is donating to the Nevada Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in ... the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. , Nevada Community Foundation and Nevada COVID-19 Response, ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... ... May 13, 2020 , ... Responding to a request from the Federal ... Services (CMS), DLA awarded Federal Resources a contract to provide 1.2 million pieces of ... gloves to ensure the safety and well-being of America’s seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
(Date:5/11/2020)... ... May 11, 2020 , ... PathologyWatch announced today a ... Creek Capital with additional funding by individual investors. PathologyWatch is emerging as ... diagnostic process while reducing costs to clinics and enhancing patient care. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/16/2020)... ... May 16, 2020 , ... Oakworks Medical, a leading manufacturer of ... to help patients lay face down for extended periods and possibly prevent them from ... years to PTs and Pain Management professionals. We used our expertise to design a ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... , ... May 14, 2020 , ... A new study ... family caregivers in the United States increased by 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020 ... 2020 also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... MENLO PARK, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 14, 2020 , ... ... platform, today announced the raise of a $18M strategic round of funding led by ... Khosla Ventures, GV, Felicis Ventures, and HBM Genomics. To date, Clear Labs has raised ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: