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Plants vs. the World

18 February 2015

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Discoveries Climate can be rough around here, in Saguenay. With temperatures regularly dropping under -25ºC, February is way colder than the average, this year. Fingers get nimble very quickly, and the tip of your nose can freeze within minutes. Although this might not be comfortable every day for us, Humans,

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Quality Control 101, Part I. Third Party Testing is Good for You

14 February 2015

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Popularization Any business in the field of natural substances production (encompassing health products, extracts, refined phytochemicals, herbs, essential oils, and anything comprising one of these ingredients) will eventually have to take a stand about the kind of quality control that should be performed on its products. In many cases,

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Food fraud: Common or not? – The importance of quality control in the industry

9 January 2015

Laurie Caron – Popularization   In recent months, a particular topic emerged in the media: food fraud. But what is it? By definition, there is food fraud when food is marketed with intentional misleading information to the consumer1. An example of a rather eloquent fraud, nicknamed “Horsegate“, took place in 2013 in Europe. Frozen meals

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Draw Me a Terpene

9 November 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization One of the strangest aspects of the life of a chemist is to constantly be working with something we can (almost) never see as a unit: a molecule. In fact, a considerable part of our job is to draw conclusions from data obtained indirectly in order to deduce the structure of

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The importance of plant identification – Part 3

31 October 2014

Hubert Marceau – Popularization Figure 1: S. lycopersicum (Source) Have you ever heard of Tomtatoes? It is tomato plant, Solanum lycopersicum (Figure 1), graft on a potato plant, Solanum tuberosum. This gives a plant that bear edible roots (tubers to be more precise) and fruits. Why not start using all the rest and make a salad with

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The importance of plant identification – Part 1

20 October 2014

Hubert Marceau – Popularization Figure 1: C. sativa (source) October 1st 2014 will surely be a memorable day for a retired man from Georgia, USA. To his suprise, a heavily armed police force assisted by a K9 unit and a helicopter dropped in his garden. The local police department were suspecting the presence of Cannabis sp. (Figure

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Introducing Plants from the Boreal Forest of Quebec – Card # 3 : Coptis trifolia (L.)

29 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Plant card Figure 1 : Plant representation. Latin name: Coptis trifolia (L.) and its former name is Coptis groenlandica (Oeder) Fern. Common Names: Goldthread Greenland, Sabouillane, Sibouillane, Gold-thread.  Small herbaceous perennial with rhizomes slender, wiry and yellow gold (Figure 1). The leaves of this plant are basal, long-stalked, glossy superiorly (Figure 2)1.

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec – Card # 2 : Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook

22 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Plant Card Latin name: Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook Common names: Immortal, Immortal silver, Life-everlasting, Anaphale daisy.  Anaphalis margaritacea is a herbaceous, perennial and widespread in the temperate boreal zone1. It is often found in fields and roadsides (Figure 1). You can easily recognize this plant by its long stem (30-100

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Discoveries

Discoveries – Horticulture Indigo: Biodiversity in your flower beds!

17 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Discoveries By chance last week, I made the discovery on the web from a Quebec company that specializes in the sale of native wild plants in Quebec. These Horticulture Indigo. Since 1994, they specialize in the production of native plants of Quebec and have to their credit over 250 species of seeds

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