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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

July 25, 2016 — The precise mechanisms involved in tomato softening have remained a mystery until now. Research has identified a gene that encodes an enzyme which plays a crucial role in controlling softening of the ... read more

Compounds in Parsley and Dill Help Fight Cancer, Research Shows

June 28, 2016 — A team of Russian scientists has proposed an efficient approach to novel agents with anticancer activity. A synthesis of these agents is based on compounds extracted from parsley and dill ... read more

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Protect Against Oral Cancer Recurrence

June 23, 2016 — Potent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a 'detoxification' gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to a 'green ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Knowing what physical traits a plant has is called phenotyping. Because it is such a labor intensive process, scientists are working to develop technology that makes phenotyping much easier. The tool ... read more

June 20, 2016 — Last month, a scientist harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Purple Straw is the only heirloom wheat to have been cultivated continually in ... read more

Plant Kingdom Provides Two New Candidates for the War on Antibiotic Resistance

June 20, 2016 — New research has discovered peptides from two crop species that have antimicrobial effects on bacteria implicated in food spoilage and food poisoning. They are similar in structure to a human peptide ... read more

Plants More Vulnerable to Nanoparticles When Parents Grown in Contaminated Soil

June 15, 2016 — Plants are more vulnerable to toxic nanoparticles if their parents were grown in contaminated soil, according to the first multi-generational study on the safety of cerium oxide nanoparticles in ... read more

Healthy Plant-Based Diet Linked With Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

June 14, 2016 — Consuming a plant-based diet -- especially one rich in high-quality plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes -- is linked with substantially lower risk of developing ... read more

June 14, 2016 — Solitary mason bees specializing on sunflower pollen were not attacked by a common brood-parasitic wasp, which lays eggs in the nests, where its larvae kill bee eggs and eat their pollen ... read more

May 31, 2016 — Honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of ... read more

May 23, 2016 — Chemists are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its ... read more

May 19, 2016 — A key gene has been found that assisted the transition of plants from water to the land around 500 million years ago. The ANR gene is required to tolerate 'extreme dehydration' in the moss ... read more

May 17, 2016 — An almost entirely accidental discovery by researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. By tweaking a plant’s genetic profile, the researchers ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Biologists have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. The discovery has near-term implications for increasing the yield of maize ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Scientists say that the high levels of poaching forest elephants will result in a loss of the oldest, wisest matriarchs, who are living libraries of their vast rainforest domain. Without these ... read more

Avocado Tree-Destroying Pathogen Now in 61 of 67 Florida Counties

May 4, 2016 — The only Florida counties not to have reported laurel wilt are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla – all in the Panhandle, reports one expert, who provides homeowners tips on ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern US forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find ... read more

Crop Advances Grow With Protection, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — A team of researchers examined the impact of intellectual property protection in a new study. They found intellectual property protection benefits both plant breeders and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Millions of native orchids are flourishing on the site of a former iron mine in New York's Adirondacks, suggesting that former industrial sites – typically regarded as blighted landscapes — ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Findings on Norway spruce show how plants and animals can adapt better to climate change than previously envisaged. The spruce remembers what the temperature conditions were like when it was a seed, ... read more

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