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What’s Up With That: Why Toothpaste and Pine Nuts Can Make Some Foods Taste Disgusting | Science | WIRED

What’s Up With That: Why Toothpaste and Pine Nuts Can Make Some Foods Taste Disgusting | Science | WIRED | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I used to love pine nuts, but now I’m wary of them. A couple years ago I threw a handful of them on a salad and they ruined my sense of taste for weeks. Water tasted bitter and metallic. Everything I ate tasted different, and not in a good way. Eventually, the bad taste went…
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Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants respond to sound, but why? Researchers who exposed plants to the vibrations of chomping caterpillars say the reason is self-defense.
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Marriage of convenience with a fungus

Marriage of convenience with a fungus | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Thanks to a fungus, the medicinal plant ribwort plantain gains a higher concentration of the defensive compound catalpol. Biologists at Bielefeld University report this discovery in a study to be published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The increase in catalpol gives the plant ...
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An underground tale: contribution of microbial activity to plant iron acquisition - AoB Blog

An underground tale: contribution of microbial activity to plant iron acquisition - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This review focuses on the possible mechanisms underlying the promotion of plant Fe acquisition by soil micro-organisms.
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GPS Technology & Botanical Art

GPS Technology & Botanical Art | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The focus on technology, plants and art this month has been both fun and stressful. How does one even begin to blend a discipline as ancient, traditional, moving and beautiful as botanical art with...
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Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station

Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A plant growth chamber bound for the space station aboard SpaceX-3 may offer astronauts something they don’t take for granted, fresh food.
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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
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Coffee flour inventor: We’re finally beyond the stage where people just call us crazy'

Coffee flour inventor: We’re finally beyond the stage where people just call us crazy' | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A longtime executive at the likes of Starbucks, Frito-Lay and General Motors used his experience in improving supply chain efficiency to create a groundbreaking food ingredient traditionally left to rot as a byproduct of the roughly 17 billion pounds of
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UA researcher and colleagues discover the birthplace of the chili pepper : Gary Nabhan

UA researcher and colleagues discover the birthplace of the chili pepper : Gary Nabhan | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

In a study of global significance, researchers have figured out where the first domesticated chili pepper crop was farmed. University of Arizona ethnobiologist and agroecologist Gary Nabhan and other researchers in the U.S., France and Kenya have determined that the plant was first cultivated in central-east Mexico, likely in the Valley of Tehuacán.

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Plants' 'Eyes' Tell Them whether it's Day or Night

Plants' 'Eyes' Tell Them whether it's Day or Night | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A plant's "eyes," or light-sensitive proteins, signal whether it is day or night, according to recent research published in the journal Nature.
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Midi sprout lets your plants create the sound of music

Midi sprout lets your plants create the sound of music | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Data Garden create a device that allows anyone with a computer to attach probes to their plants and produce cosmic soundscapes
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A Diversity of Bees Is Good for Farming—And Farmers' Wallets

A Diversity of Bees Is Good for Farming—And Farmers' Wallets | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new study shows that if more species of bees are available to pollinate blueberry flowers, blueberries get fatter
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What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.
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Astronaut sows first fresh veg in NASA space 'garden' - space - 23 May 2014 - New Scientist

Astronaut sows first fresh veg in NASA space 'garden' - space - 23 May 2014 - New Scientist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Caesar salad, captain? Red romaine lettuce is now growing on the International Space Station in a chamber that may one day produce food for astronauts
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Presence of coconuts in Panama pre-Columbus (Viewpoint) - AoB Blog

Presence of coconuts in Panama pre-Columbus (Viewpoint) - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Baudouin et al. present new findings regarding the long-standing debate about the existence of coconut in Panama in pre-Columbian times.
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Eradicating Plant Blindness in the 21st Century

Eradicating Plant Blindness in the 21st Century | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Last year we took a look at plant blindness -- a phrase used to describe the observation that people are largely unaware of the plants in their surroundings. Botanical illiteracy is more than a top...
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Bee biodiversity boosts crop yields

Bee biodiversity boosts crop yields | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Blueberries produce more seeds and larger berries if they are visited by more diverse bee species, allowing farmers to harvest significantly more pounds of fruit per acre. The researchers looked at blueberries in North Carolina because it is an economically important and well understood crop that relies on insect pollination.
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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.
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Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It's the largest tree fruit in the world. It's nutritious. And because it's pretty easy to grow, it has the potential to be a star in the developing world. But ... does it taste good?
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"Extremophytes" - Plants With Weird and Fascinating Properties

"Extremophytes" - Plants With Weird and Fascinating Properties | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plant "Extremophiles"?Recently, I was reading about a new species of metal-eating plant discovered in the Philippines, and I discovered a new word (to me, at least). This new word is "extremophyte"...
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Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop

Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers say the large, smelly fruit grown could be a replacement for staple crops under threat from climate change • Climate change 'already affecting food supply' – UN • Teff poised to become next big super grain
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Native Bees Increase Blueberry Crop Yields | Science Blogs | WIRED

Native Bees Increase Blueberry Crop Yields | Science Blogs | WIRED | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How much is a healthy native bee population worth? About $311 per acre for blueberries.
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Phytomining Future Found in the Philippines? - AoB Blog

Phytomining Future Found in the Philippines? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Rinorea niccolifera is a newly-discovered plant that can pick up a lot of nickel. That means it could help clean up pollution without polluting itself.
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