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Mediterranean diet may have cognitive benefits, review finds

Mediterranean diet may have cognitive benefits, review finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may be associated with better cognitive functions and lower rates of cognitive decline, a systematic review of the evidence reveals.
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Peru’s potato power | Biodiversity | DW.DE | DW.DE | 18.08.2014

Peru’s potato power | Biodiversity | DW.DE | DW.DE | 18.08.2014 | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
No two potatoes are the same and there are 5,000 different varieties worldwide. And nowhere is that diversity more apparent than in Peru. Discover the mysteries and traditions surrounding the “real gold” of the Incas.
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Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria.

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First GM crops enriched with nutrients ready for harvest - Telegraph

First GM crops enriched with nutrients ready for harvest  - Telegraph | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Gentically modified plants which contain health boosting Omega-3 have been created by British scientists and will be harvested with weeks
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Common herbal-based anti-malarial drug effective in controlling asthma, study suggests

Common herbal-based anti-malarial drug effective in controlling asthma, study suggests | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Asthmatic patients may soon have a more effective way to control the condition, thanks to a new pharmacological discovery.
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Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds

Eating tree nuts results in 'modest decreases' in blood fats and sugars, survey finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Eating tree nuts appears to help reduce two of the five markers for metabolic syndrome, a group of factors that raise the risk for heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and strokes, a new research paper says.
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How to grow plants 400km above the ground - AoB Blog

How to grow plants 400km above the ground - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Quora is a site for posting questions to the internet. Sometimes those questions get answer. For example Robert Frost, who has trained astronauts for the I
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Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread, according to researchers.
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‘Significant’ differences between organic and non-organic foods: Meta-analysis

‘Significant’ differences between organic and non-organic foods: Meta-analysis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Organic crops and crop-based foods may contain up to 69% more key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops, according to a new systematic analysis.
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Blueberry powder shows immune and cardiovascular benefits: Human data

Blueberry powder shows immune and cardiovascular benefits: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supplements containing blueberry powder may boost the levels of the immune system’s natural killer cells and lowers blood pressure in sedentary men and women, says a new study.
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High astaxanthin intakes questioned in the EU

High astaxanthin intakes questioned in the EU | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The European Union chief science agency has failed to back astaxanthin consumption at levels over 4 mg astaxanthin per day after responding to a novel foods application from Japanese player, Fuji Chemical-owned AstaReal.
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Coconut Water Changes Its Claims

Coconut Water Changes Its Claims | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The drink was once billed as a remedy for a number of health problems. But its marketers have changed their tune.
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‘A measureable benefit’: Vitamin C supplements may boost activity levels & reduce colds in young men

‘A measureable benefit’: Vitamin C supplements may boost activity levels & reduce colds in young men | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Daily supplements of vitamin C may offer ‘modest benefits’ for boosting the weekly activity levels, and reduce the incidence of the common cold for young men, says a new study.
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HerbClip: Review of Cranberry Use for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

HerbClip: Review of Cranberry Use for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face

Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
You are not alone. Your body is a collection of microbes, fungi, viruses… and even other animals. In fact, you aren't even the only animal using your face. Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. You would expect scientists ...

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The Independent: Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK (2014)

The Independent: Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK (2014) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Britain has “significantly underestimated” the risk that crop pests pose to its food supply. Fungi and viruses present so great a danger to staples such as wheat and potatoes that they may force the nation to change its diet, an academic has warned. The rise of deadly pests poses a threat to the world’s entire food system, but the UK is among the most vulnerable countries, according to a new study from the University of Exeter. It forecasts that food-growing nations, including the UK, will be “overwhelmed” by pests within the next 30 years as climate change, inadequate biosecurity measures and new variants help them spread. “The UK has significantly underestimated the scale of the threat. This is a huge problem that is lacking in public and political awareness. People are absolutely paralysed with fear of diseases like Ebola, but while they are extremely dangerous, the need to tackle crop diseases is just as pressing,” said Professor Sarah Gurr, of the University of Exeter and Rothamsted Research. “We are not spending enough on research, on training, on surveillance and on biosecurity. Unless we significantly step up our efforts we could be forced to change our diets in the future as crops come and go,” she added. Crop pests include fungi, bacteria, viruses, insects, nematodes (worms) and viroids (plant viruses).

Fungi pose the biggest threat globally and in the UK, where they threaten the country’s wheat and potato harvests. Zymoseptoria tritici – or Septoria leaf blotch – and Blumeria graminis, a powdery mildew, are a danger to wheat, while the potato cyst nematode and new variants of Phytophthora infestans threaten the potato. The report warns that if crop pests continue to spread at their current rate a significant portion of the world’s biggest food-producing countries will be “saturated” with pests – the crops simply wouldn’t be able to accommodate any more.


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Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.
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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. For decades, these seed collections have been guided by simple models that offer a one-size-fits-all approach for how many seeds to gather. A new study, however, has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.
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Sweet nectar gives ferns a bitter taste - AoB Blog

Sweet nectar gives ferns a bitter taste - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A collection of papers on Extrafloral Nectaries has recently moved into Free Access at Annals of Botany. One of the papers raises the question, can a plant
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High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.
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Saskawhat? A Novel Berry Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Saskawhat? A Novel Berry Takes Root On Michigan Farms | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, a shrub that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.
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Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New data show that organic produce has higher levels of antioxidants. But you can get plenty of those compounds just by eating more fruits and vegetables, no matter how they're grown.
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Beetroot juice may boost aerobic fitness for swimmers

Beetroot juice may boost aerobic fitness for swimmers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A daily glass of beetroot juice may boost the aerobic fitness of swimmers, reports a new study that supports the sports nutrition potential of beetroot previously reported for cycling, walking, and running.
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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.
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Novel wood pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies: Research

Novel wood pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies: Research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.
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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruits in the summer and fall. It's part art, part agricultural marvel.
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