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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Apr. 23, 2015 — Bees are attracted to nectar containing common pesticides, scientists have discovered. This could increase their chances of exposure to high levels of ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium, researchers report. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and ... read more

How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits in a Child: Start Early and Eat Your Vegetables

Apr. 17, 2015 — A healthy diet promotes success in life -- better concentration and alertness, better physical health that translates into good mental and emotional ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Farmers count on South Dakota State University plant breeders to develop new varieties that give crops greater yield potential and make them more resistant to diseases. The university fulfills its ... read more

More Food, Low Pollution Effort Gains Traction

Apr. 9, 2015 — Nitrogen fertilizers make it possible to feed more people in the world than ever before. However, too much of it can also harm the environment. A group of scientists, economists, social scientists, ... read more

Poor Nutrition for Honey Bee Larvae Compromises Pollination Capabilities as Adults

Apr. 8, 2015 — A new study by Heather Mattila, a leading honey bee ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, reveals that inadequate access to pollen during larval development ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6 percent, according to the results of human trials. The broccoli variety was bred to contain two to three ... read more

Producing Rubber from Lettuce

Apr. 6, 2015 — Prickly lettuce, a common weed that has long vexed farmers, has potential as a new cash crop providing raw material for rubber production, according to scientists. These findings open the way for ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Scientists designed an experiment with 16 strawberry cultivars planted in two perennial planting systems in New Mexico. The experiments evaluated strawberry tolerance to high-pH soil, and determined ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Field experiments examined whether the effects of living mulch on broccoli yield and yield components are dependent on fertilizer rates. In one experiment, broccoli yields were similar in living ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers evaluated the impact of organic fertilizer source on growth, fruit quality, and yield of two blackberry cultivars grown in a machine-harvested, organic production system. The liquid corn ... read more

Critical Windows to Turn Away Junk Food Craving

Apr. 2, 2015 — Researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Beef on our plates is one of the biggest climate villains, but that does not mean we have to adopt a vegan diet to reach climate goals. Research results of a new study show that adopting a diet in ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Supplemental feeding of wildlife can increase the spread of some infectious diseases and decrease the spread of others. A new study by ecologists finds that the outcome depends on the type of ... read more

Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food on a Given Day Drops

Mar. 30, 2015 — A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast food restaurants also has dropped, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Researchers surveying for endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast found, to their surprise, that most of these protected areas had been turned into illegal cocoa ... read more

Highly Processed Foods Dominate U. S. Grocery Purchases

Mar. 29, 2015 — A nation-wide analysis of U.S. grocery purchases reveals that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy, and these items tend to have more fat, sugar and salt ... read more

Mar. 27, 2015 — A new study found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas ... read more

Mar. 27, 2015 — A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it’s likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good ... read more

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