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Some Insights on Coffee Leaf Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) | The Specialty Coffee Chronicle

Some Insights on Coffee Leaf Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) | The Specialty Coffee Chronicle | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

It is clear that many Central American countries are experiencing a devastating outbreak of coffee leaf rust, which is affecting current yields and will likely affect subsequent harvests.

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Plants also suffer from stress

Plants also suffer from stress | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops. Now researchers have found specific proteins that allow plants to grow better under salt stress, and may help breed future generations of more salt-tolerant crop plants.
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Wood identification supports legal timber trade | Kew Blogs

Kew botanist Peter Gasson reveals the key role that wood identification plays in supporting the legal trade of timber and its products.
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Nutraceutica e farmaci da banco trainano gli utili della farmacia

Il valore del mercato commerciale in farmacia nel primo semestre 2015 è cresciuto del 4,8% rispetto al primo semestre 2014 raggiungendo i 5,1 miliardi di euro (contro i 4,9 miliardi di euro del I° sem
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Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute

Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The world lost 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of trees in 2014, more than half of it in the tropics.
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The myth of flying peanuts: not so deadly after all

The myth of flying peanuts: not so deadly after all | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Severe allergies are on the rise – could our diet be to blame?
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Why Is Powdered Caffeine Dangerous?

Why Is Powdered Caffeine Dangerous? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Caffeine is in coffee, tea and other products that we consume every day, so why is the powdered form dangerous?
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Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new study shows how some parasitic plants evolved the ability to sense a potential host — and then send out root-like structures to feed on them.
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Racing the Melt: The Quest for Heat-Resistant Chocolate | SciTech Connect

Racing the Melt: The Quest for Heat-Resistant Chocolate | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Learn how a Ghanaian chocolate bar is able to withstand high temperatures and avoid melting, forcing the rest of the industry to look to heat-resistant chocolates.
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Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis

Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Build Like a Bee With Biomimicry — Medium

Build Like a Bee With Biomimicry — Medium | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The truth is, natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet or…
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Strawberries, Basil and Beans Thrive in Underwater Greenhouses

Strawberries, Basil and Beans Thrive in Underwater Greenhouses | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The produce aisle goes undersea in a new approach to farming
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Organ Repair, Hemostasis, and In Vivo Bonding of Medical Devices by Aqueous Solutions of Nanoparticles - Meddahi-Pellé  - 2014 - Angewandte Chemie International Edition - Wiley Online Library

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More than naming of parts : Nature Plants

More than naming of parts : Nature Plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Nature Plants is a scientific journal publishing primary research papers concerned with all aspects of plant biology, technology, ecology and evolution.
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Why you shouldn't be popping herbal medicines before you go for surgery

Why you shouldn't be popping herbal medicines before you go for surgery | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Herbal medicines can be detrimental if they are used with conventional medicine - especially if you don't tell your doctors about them.
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Study: Marijuana Genetics Often Mislabeled

Study: Marijuana Genetics Often Mislabeled | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Strains of cannabis sativa or cannabis indica possess relatively few significant genetic differences and are often mislabeled by breeders, according to an evaluation of marijuana taxonomy published online last week in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Food Politics » Five more industry-funded studies with predictable results. Score since March: 52:1

Food Politics » Five more industry-funded studies with predictable results. Score since March: 52:1 | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Organic 'computers' made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

Organic 'computers' made of DNA could process data inside our bodies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A DNA-powered PC may not be on the horizon, but DNA can still compute even if it can't build a computer.
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Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon

Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New data from the tech giant and the University of Maryland reveal previously overlooked deforestation in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
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Question: when is a seed not a seed?

Question: when is a seed not a seed? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This article explores the future potential for DOI numbers to be used in identifying plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
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Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data

Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The impact of different dietary fats on our health may be mediated by the changes the cause in our gut bacteria ecosystem, according to new research. 
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Climate change will bring greater biodiversity to world seas

Climate change will bring greater biodiversity to world seas | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Tropical marine animals that currently thrive in warm habitats around the equator will have to spread north and south to avoid extinction as global sea temperatures rise, a study has found.
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Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot'

Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot' | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Smoking pot frequently may lower men's sperm counts, a new study finds.
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High-performing surgical adhesive utilizes nanoparticles

High-performing surgical adhesive utilizes nanoparticles | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In the quest to develop better ways of sealing wounds, scientists have created adhesives inspired by porcupine quills, mussels and slugs. Not all good ideas have to come from the animal kingdom, however. Recently, researchers have had success using a solution that incorporates nanoparticles.
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Nanoparticle solutions as adhesives for gels and biological tissues : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Nanoparticle solutions as adhesives for gels and biological tissues : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Adhesives are made of polymers because, unlike other materials, polymers ensure good contact between surfaces by covering asperities, and retard the fracture of adhesive joints by dissipating energy under stress. But using polymers to /`glue/' together polymer gels is difficult, requiring chemical reactions, heating, pH changes, ultraviolet irradiation or an electric field. Here we show that strong, rapid adhesion between two hydrogels can be achieved at room temperature by spreading a droplet of a nanoparticle solution on one gel/'s surface and then bringing the other gel into contact with it. The method relies on the nanoparticles/' ability to adsorb onto polymer gels and to act as connectors between polymer chains, and on the ability of polymer chains to reorganize and dissipate energy under stress when adsorbed onto nanoparticles. We demonstrate this approach by pressing together pieces of hydrogels, for approximately 30 seconds, that have the same or different chemical properties or rigidities, using various solutions of silica nanoparticles, to achieve a strong bond. Furthermore, we show that carbon nanotubes and cellulose nanocrystals that do not bond hydrogels together become adhesive when their surface chemistry is modified. To illustrate the promise of the method for biological tissues, we also glued together two cut pieces of calf/'s liver using a solution of silica nanoparticles. As a rapid, simple and efficient way to assemble gels or tissues, this method is desirable for many emerging technological and medical applications such as microfluidics, actuation, tissue engineering and surgery.
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