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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Sugar in Your Cuppa Not Just About a Sweet Tooth

July 30, 2015 — New research has given tea and coffee drinkers new information about why their favorite drinks taste as they do. The study shows that sugar has an important effect in reducing the bitterness of tea ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Researchers studied six under-tree vegetation-free strip widths and supplemental irrigation in years 4-8 of a young peach orchard to determine effects on peach tree growth and fruit yield, harvest ... read more

July 22, 2015 — After just five years, soil organic matter content was 8.6 percent greater in the strip-till plots when compared to the no-till plots. Furthermore, bulk density was reduced by 4 percent and ... read more

Food Safety Expert Explains Food Labels and Their Regulations

July 16, 2015 — A food safety specialist explains some terms on food labels that are federally regulated and which lack a clear ... read more

July 16, 2015 — While Congress considers repealing a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry, marketing researchers at the University of Arkansas have found that such labels ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Greenhouses that will use seawater to grow crops in one of the hottest and driest places on earth will be designed by researchers at Aston University working with industry partners as part of an ... read more

Algae, Quinoa, Legumes Top List of Alternative Protein Choices

July 13, 2015 — Algae is evolving as the next new alternative protein source consumers are anxious to bite into as an ingredient in crackers, snack bars, cereals and breads, according to an ... read more

Invasions out of Center of Diversity Increase Risk of Disease Epidemics in Wheat

July 13, 2015 — Scientists have found that strains of the wheat pathogen causing severe yellow rust epidemics in Europe have their origin in the center of diversity in the Himalayan region. It seems that the fungus ... read more

July 10, 2015 — An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. A research ... read more

July 9, 2015 — A new study on the genomic signatures of adaptation in crop plants can help predict how crop varieties respond to stress from their environments. It is the first study to document that these genomic ... read more

Americans Prefer U.S.-Grown Organic Broccoli

July 9, 2015 — As a good source of protein, Vitamin A, calcium, iron and fiber, broccoli is so full of nutrients, some call it a “super food.” It’s also popular at the supermarket, whether it’s grown in ... read more

Wild Fish Ecosystems Resist Impact of Biodiversity Loss, May Be Masking Serious Rapid Decline in Fish Production Potential

July 8, 2015 — New mathematics model shows that as the fish diversity of complex marine food webs declines, fish production resists the change, masking ultimate rapid ... read more

July 7, 2015 — Planting bioenergy crops like willows or switchgrass in rows where commodity crops are having difficulty growing could both provide biomass feedstock and also limit the runoff of nitrogen fertilizer ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, ... read more

July 3, 2015 — To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, experts say. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions ... read more

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

Rising Fossil Fuel Energy Costs Spell Trouble for Global Food Security

July 1, 2015 — In an analysis of food preservation and transportation trends, scientists warn that new sustainable technologies will be needed for humanity just to stay even in the arms race against the ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A new study shows that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient lighting in contained environments, a finding that could advance the development of crop-growth modules for ... read more

Epidemic of Obesity, Overweight Linked to Increased Food Energy Supply

June 30, 2015 — This study investigates the associations between changes in national food energy supply and average population body weight in 24 high-, 27 middle- and 18 low-income countries. The authors found that ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A new, high-quality rice flour could help towards aiding global food poverty. 'This rice flour serves not only as an alternative to wheat flour for those with wheat intolerance, but could also ... read more

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