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The Secret Victorian Language of Flowers

The Secret Victorian Language of Flowers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened an exhibition on the Pre-Raphaelites of the 19th century last week, with 30 pieces showing wistful figures in draped clothing often surrounded with flowers. Bu...
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Do soy foods increase your risk of cancer? - Health & Wellbeing

Do soy foods increase your risk of cancer? - Health & Wellbeing | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

But research has also found soy may actually help prevent breast cancer, along with stomach and prostate cancers, and heart disease. And dietitans, the Cancer Council and our national dietary guidelines still recommend we eat moderate amounts as part of a healthy diet.

So what should we believe?

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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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Rapid evolution aids spread of exotic plant species

Rapid evolution aids spread of exotic plant species | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A team of Belgian biologists led by researchers at KU Leuven has provided the first genetic evidence that rapid evolution can help non-native plant species spread in new environments. Using samples of centuries-old herbaria and DNA analysis, the researchers reconstructed the genetic adaptations undergone by the Pyrenean rocket prior to its rapid spread in Belgium.
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Ethiopia leads the bamboo revolution

Ethiopia leads the bamboo revolution | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
IPS: Eager foreign investment is making Ethiopia a frontier for the bamboo industrial revolution in Africa
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CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: Celebrating International Biodiversity Day!

CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: Celebrating International Biodiversity Day! | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
22 May is International Biodiversity Day! This year, the theme is Island Biodiversity which was chosen to coincide with the UN's International Year of Small Island Developing States. Islands and their surrounding seas are unique. They ae often made up...
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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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What does the evidence say? Scientists issue statement on the science for neonicotinoids and pollinator deaths

What does the evidence say? Scientists issue statement on the science for neonicotinoids and pollinator deaths | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists have called for an 'evidence-driven debate' on the links between neonicotinoids and pollinator bee deaths, as they publish a 'restatement' of the scientific evidence.
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The Carrot Hack

The Carrot Hack | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Not just for the heart, red wine shows promise as cavity fighter

Not just for the heart, red wine shows promise as cavity fighter | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here's a good one: A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say that their report, which appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.
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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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papille vagabonde: Olio di Palma 100% frutta

papille vagabonde: Olio di Palma 100% frutta | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Mycotoxin exposure could rise with dark chocolate consumption: Research

Mycotoxin exposure could rise with dark chocolate consumption: Research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Increasing consumption of chocolate with high levels of cocoa could “elevate exposure” to food contaminants aflatoxins and ochratoxin A, according to researchers, although they acknowledged it remains a "minor source".
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Cracking the code for a perfect coffee › News in Science (ABC Science)

Cracking the code for a perfect coffee › News in Science (ABC Science) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Coffee lovers have a new way to ensure they are getting the perfect brew - by listening to it roast. New research by coffee aficionado and underwater acoustics expert Associate Professor Preston Wilson from the University of Texas, Austin has shown that the cracking sounds emitted during the bean roasting process could provide the foundations of an automated roast monitoring technique.

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Wild Relatives | The Scientist Magazine®

Wild Relatives | The Scientist Magazine® | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.
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Composting program with used coffee grounds

Composting program with used coffee grounds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Used coffee grounds from a campus coffee shop are being used as compost to cultivate gourmet mushrooms at a student farm. By composting alone, 50 pounds a week -- or about 30 percent of the coffee shop's total waste -- has been diverted from landfills. While developing the compost program, the researchers made an important discovery: coffee grounds are a great compost for cultivating mushrooms, particularly gourmet mushrooms, such as oyster, shiitake and reishi. The U.S. gets nearly 45 percent of mushrooms from China, and there is a need for more local suppliers of gourmet mushrooms, said one researcher.
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Mustard Plant Can Detect Chemical Weapons

Mustard Plant Can Detect Chemical Weapons | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The white mustard plant is capable of much more than producing a condiment. Researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom have found that it can be used to detect chemical warfare agents, including the deadly substance known as VX. The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, describes how plants grown in soil laced with VX absorb the toxin through their roots; the chemical can then be detected in the plant for up to 45 days after absorption.

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The Weird, Wild World of Citizen Science Is Already Here | Opinion | WIRED

The Weird, Wild World of Citizen Science Is Already Here | Opinion | WIRED | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A citizen-powered science is beginning to emerge, and it will be weird, but it cannot and should not be ignored.
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Eye health benefits help drive booming astaxanthin demand

Eye health benefits help drive booming astaxanthin demand | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The eye health benefits of astaxanthin will steadily increase demand for this already red-hot ingredient, says Rudi Moerck, PhD, CEO of Valensa, one of the major suppliers.  This benefit is tied into an aging demographic; few younger consumers think about prophylatic eye care.
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Rare orchid found at sewage works

Rare orchid found at sewage works | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin

How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Intestinal bacteria may help determine whether we are lean or obese
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Flower Power: Collaboration Keeps Rare Plant off the Endangered Species List | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Flower Power: Collaboration Keeps Rare Plant off the Endangered Species List | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Fifteen years ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) acknowledged that a rare plant called the Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum) deserved and needed protection under ...
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With climate changing, southern plants outperform northern

With climate changing, southern plants outperform northern | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Can plants and animals evolve to keep pace with climate change? A new study shows that for at least one widely-studied plant, the European climate is changing fast enough that strains from Southern Europe already grow better in the north than established local varieties.
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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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EFSA pesticides report shows more than half of crops contain ‘no measurable’ residues

EFSA pesticides report shows more than half of crops contain ‘no measurable’ residues | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An EU wide report on pesticides in food has found that more than 53% of the samples tested had no measurable trace of pesticide residues, while 1.1% of those tested were found to be above the legal limits for pesticide levels.
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