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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Coffee Is Good, Coffee Is Bad: Which Is It?

Coffee Is Good, Coffee Is Bad: Which Is It? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New guidelines from the World Health Organization say drinking coffee may prevent cancer, and represent the latest in a long debate over the harms and benefits of a beloved beverage.
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Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises

Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Heralded on the cover of Time magazine in 2000 as a genetically modified (GMO) crop with the potential to save millions of lives in the Third World, Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.
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The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts

The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade houses," and flavor is improving.
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Yale Environment 360: Climate Change Could Be MakingFood Crops More Toxic, UN Report Says

Yale Environment 360: Climate Change Could Be MakingFood Crops More Toxic, UN Report Says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Quando l’uomo ha colorato le carote

Quando l’uomo ha colorato le carote | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
È stato recentemente sequenziato l’intero codice genetico della carota. Oltre a permettere numerosi miglioramenti delle qualità dell’ortaggio, la conoscenza del suo DNA spiega come l’uomo, addomesticandola, abbia modificato le proprietà di questa radice
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Why does gin and tonic taste so good?

Why does gin and tonic taste so good? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Matthew Hartings hates gin. "Something about that flavor doesn’t sit right with me," writes Hartings, a professor of chemistry at American University. He also hates tonic. "It is too bitter for me. I just don’t understand how people can drink tonic water." But, if you mix the two, you make one of his favorite drinks: th
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The anatomy of flower color

The anatomy of flower color | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Roses are red, violets are blue. Everybody knows that, but what makes them so? Although plant breeders were aware of some of the genes involved, there was as yet no quantitative study of how pigment turns a flower red, blue or yellow. Casper van der Kooi conducted just such a study, combining biology and physics.
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Review supports safety of green tea extracts

Review supports safety of green tea extracts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.
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Wild Plants Post: Why we cite papers

Wild Plants Post: Why we cite papers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scholarly works are set apart from other types of writings by the use of citations. An essay on natural history might cover a scientific topic, but it is just an essay until it contains citations. Scientific papers are not scientific without citation
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The race to create super-crops

The race to create super-crops | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants.
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Why a drug that lowers cholesterol doesn’t save lives

Why a drug that lowers cholesterol doesn’t save lives | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs was drawing lots of praise, but the drugs have failed in various trials since then.
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What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.
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Revealed: why your Pinot noir is actually a Pinot blanc (or was that a Pinot gris?)

Revealed: why your Pinot noir is actually a Pinot blanc (or was that a Pinot gris?) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Spreading mutations and chimeric plants – there's a lot going on in the Pinot grape.
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Not so superfoods

Not so superfoods | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Nice to see what I hope is the beginning of a “superfoods” backlash, spearheaded by Sense About Science and their Ask For Evidence campaign, together with the British Dietetic Association: Bioversity’s DG Ann Tutwiler gave the compellingly titled presentation On
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Scientists discover oldest plant root stem cells

Scientists discover oldest plant root stem cells | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The oldest known population of plant root stem cells have now been found in a 320-million-year-old fossil. The cells, which gave rise to the roots of an ancient plant, were found in a fossilized root tip held in the Oxford University Herbaria.
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Cataloguing the world’s plants

Cataloguing the world’s plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Over 20% of the world’s wild plant species are threatened with extinction, according to a report published by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
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Dealing with Uncertainty

Taking account of what you don't know (as well as what you do know) is an intrinsic part of science. Dr Andy Hart from Fera Science Ltd explains ho
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Biologists find how plants reconstitute stem cells

Biologists find how plants reconstitute stem cells | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Stem cells are typically thought to have the intrinsic ability to generate or replace specialized cells. However, a team of biologists at NYU showed that regenerating plants can naturally reconstitute their stem cells from more mature cells by replaying embryogenesis.
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The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?
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Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind?

Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It’s been gut science week at FiveThirtyEight, an exploration of what we know about the gut, what we put into it, and what comes out of it. Two of the articles …
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Guess What? You're a Superorganism. | JSTOR Daily

Guess What? You're a Superorganism. | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The White House has announced the "microbiome moonshot" – a push to understand the human microbiome.
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How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
At the Embajada de la Coca, the green leaf is being restored to its rightful place as a powerful medicinal plant that should be revered instead of reviled.
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Healthy? Natural? It’s up to the FDA.

Healthy?  Natural? It’s up to the FDA. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The terms “healthy” and “natural” help to sell food products.  They are about marketing, not health. This makes life difficult for the FDA, which has the unenviable job of d…
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Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News

Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Why are we throwing away tonnes of perfectly good food every year, asks Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
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