We are excited to be celebrating our 30th year of providing analytical laboratory services to the Agricultural Industry. We have seen so many changes in the industry over the past 30 years, mergers, acquisitions, regulatory changes, biotechnology, biopesticides, new classes of pesticidal chemistry, the internet and social media influences and an array of computer technologies. And […]
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Articles by EPL Team Members
Guar gum, also called guaran, is a polysaccharide composed of the sugars galactose and mannose produced from guar beans. The guar plant, an annual legume, is currently grown mostly in India and Pakistan. However, high demand has resulted in the introduction of cultivation of guar in new areas. In the United States, production has gone […]
The broad spectrum, non-selective herbicides glyphosate (Roundup®) and glufosinate (Liberty®) are used globally for the control of grass and broadleaf weeds in agricultural and residential settings. Glyphosate usage has increased in agriculture over the last 20 years with the development of glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans (Roundup Ready). The widespread use of glyphosate has led to […]
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Colony Collapse Disorder is the term used to describe the recent decline in honey bee populations in the United States. This decline has been attributed to several variables; including viruses, parasites, poor nutrition, and exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides. Liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry detection is the technique of choice for analysis of neonicotinoids. Over […]
Information about dietary fiber seems to pop up everywhere you look these days and probably for good reason. There is more research available each day to show the many benefits of dietary fiber for the health of people and animals. Fiber comes from plant cell walls and is a type of carbohydrate that is not […]
What is a pollinator, why are pollinator important and why are we hearing so much about them now? Many plants need help from insects, such as bees, to reproduce and produce seeds and fruit that are part of our diet. There are a variety of other pollinators, including mammals such as bats, birds, reptiles (lizards) […]
Boost metabolism! Generate energy! Increase aerobic potential! Sound like an energy drink commercial? Actually, it’s the work of B vitamins. B vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folic Acid (B9), and Cyanocobalamin (B12). The B vitamins have many complex […]
Food safety, for humans and animals, is a legitimate concern in today’s society. Be it in livestock feed, pet food or human staples, mycotoxins are a significant problem. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of fungi that have adverse effects on humans, animals, and crops that result in illnesses and death. The term mycotoxin was coined in […]