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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Talcott says purple sweet potato pigments are unique because they have "tremendous" color stability. In other words, they have more intense color and a wider color range — from raspberry red to grapelike purple — than other deeply hued fruits or vegetables. They're also well-suited for food products because they have a neutral flavor — unlike grapes, which have good color but bitter tannins. The sweet potato pigments even boast slight health benefits — they are mildly anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic, Talcott notes.
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Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Urban farmers are eyeing rooftops as potential sites to grow food, but they face many obstacles.
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Bioactivity of naringenin human metabolites | LS9 - Bioactives & Health

Bioactivity of naringenin human metabolites | LS9 - Bioactives & Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

according to our research philosophy in this field, we have evaluated the effects of naringenin and its phase II metabolites on the expression of specific genes in differently activated macrophages at concentrations coherent with dietary exposure. Results suggest that phase II metabolites, as well as the aglyconic form of naringenin, were able to perturb macrophage gene expression in directions that are not always consistent with anti-inflammatory effects

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Urolithins as phytoestrogens: the in silico approach | LS9 - Bioactives & Health

Urolithins as phytoestrogens: the in silico approach | LS9 - Bioactives & Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

This time we enjoyed to mashup our expertise with the one of few colleagues with a vast knowledge and skillness in in silico drug discovery and development. Given preliminary results on some metabolites and catabolites of dietary polyphenols, we focused our evaluations on modelling the possible bioactivity of ellagitannin-derived metabolites (namely, urolithins) on estrogen receptors.

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Bye-bye Golf Courses, Hello Nature Preserves | Audubon Magazine

Bye-bye Golf Courses, Hello Nature Preserves | Audubon Magazine | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Back in 2006 the owner of Florida’s Wildflower Golf Club, an 18- hole course between Sarasota and Fort Myers, had been preparing to sell the unprofitable private course to a devel- oper. Then the Lemon Bay Conservancy stepped in. The group secured $750,000 in 15 months from private donations—more money than it had ever raised before—to take on what would be its biggest project yet. “Over the years we’ve acquired some small properties,” says Eva Furner, a conservancy director. “We had never taken on anything like trying to buy an 80-acre golf course and turn it into a preserve.

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Announcing a brand new cellular organelle - the tannosome - AoB Blog

Announcing a brand new cellular organelle - the tannosome - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Annals of Botany publishes a description of a new cellular organelle found in all vascular plants.
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More nutritious pearl millet against iron deficiency

More nutritious pearl millet against iron deficiency | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
More nutritious pearl millet, developed by the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) as part of the HarvestPlus programme, can meet the full iron needs of children and clearly increase the iron take-up of women.
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Cilantro: More Than An Herb, It Can Purify Water Too | TIME.com

Cilantro: More Than An Herb, It Can Purify Water Too | TIME.com | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The next time you find yourself facing some questionable drinking water, look for some cilantro. At least that's what a team of U.S. and Mexican researchers made up of undergraduate students suggest.
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Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose | Science/AAAS | News

Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose | Science/AAAS | News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Ever send a bottle of wine back at a restaurant? If you weren't just being a pretentious snob, then it was probably because the wine seemed “corked”—had a musty odor and didn’t taste quite right. Most likely, the wine was contaminated with a molecule called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), the main cause of cork taint. But a new study by Japanese researchers concludes that you do not smell TCA directly; rather, TCA blocks up your sense of smell and distorts your ability to detect odors. The findings could help the food and beverage industry improve its products and lead to less embarrassment for both you and your waiter.

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A Secret Illustrated History of Coffee, Coca, and Cola

A Secret Illustrated History of Coffee, Coca, and Cola | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

"What America's premier anti-drug autocrat has to do with Bach and helping Coke import illegal coca leaves.


On the heels of the year’s best picture-books and the question of what makes a great one comes A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola .."


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Apps, Resources and More!

Apps, Resources and More! | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Tech4agri would not be the same without a constant update of the latest technological applications which can be found in today’s world. As we all know mobile applications lead the way in development making it’s way into every field imaginable.


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Update from Tech4agri on some useful agricultural apps and wireless sensors for farmers and home gardeners.

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Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and costs us precious water and land.
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Squaring the Circle

Squaring the Circle | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

ecologists are preaching the potential of pivot corners. In a simplified landscape of monoculture crop circles, the corners can restore complexity: left as native perennial grassland or managed as early successional habitat, these concave triangles can provide valuable habitat for bees, birds, and predatory insects to support crop pollination and natural pest control. Sewn together across an agricultural landscape, the corners can even offer movement corridors for migrating species.

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An interesting perspectives on midwest agriculture and biodiversity.

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Looking beyond sugars in Fraxinus manna | LS9 - Bioactives & Health

Looking beyond sugars in Fraxinus manna | LS9 - Bioactives & Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Ethnobotanists still do not agree on which was the source of biblical manna. The the range of manna sources is in fact extremely wide and includes, among others, pluricellular algae as Arthospira spp., edible lichens as Lecanora affinis and L. esculenta, Gymnospermae as Larix decidua, Angiospermae as Tamarix spp.  or Salix persica and Myoporum platycarpum. Moreover, a number of phytopathogenic or entomogenic saccharidic dried secretions as those produced by Larinus nidificans on Echinops persicus or by psyllid plant bugs on Astragalus adscendens, are often classified as manna.

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Fumosinins from Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum | LS9 - Bioactives & Health

Fumosinins from Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum | LS9 - Bioactives & Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum can infect maize ears and produce fumonisins, a well known and feared mycotoxin that can pose serious issues to human and animal health in a variety of foods and feeds.

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Ants are laying siege to the world's chocolate supply – Ed Yong – Aeon

Ants are laying siege to the world's chocolate supply – Ed Yong – Aeon | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
History tells us that plant diseases cause famines, pestilence and war. Now one is coming for our chocolate
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RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can

RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
“That’s three to five pounds of bacteria,” says Lita Proctor, the program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, which studies the communities of bacteria living on and in us. The bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, she says, but because they are much smaller than human cells, they account for only about 1 to 2 percent of our body mass—though they do make up about half of our body’s waste.

The host of bacteria we carry around weren’t well-cataloged until recently. In July 2011, at North Carolina State University, the Belly Button Biodiversity study found about 1,400 different strains of bacteria living in the navels of 95 participants. Of these, 662 strains were previously unrecognized.

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What do fruits and vegetables look like inside an MRI? Short answer: "Whoa."

What do fruits and vegetables look like inside an MRI? Short answer: "Whoa." | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Over at the blog Inside Insides, Andy Ellison of Boston University Medical School has been throwing the entire produce aisle inside a Philips 3 Tesla MRI, revealing the otherworldly realms that dwell inside common foods.
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Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist

Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
"Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle" (2006) | click to enlarge. “I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old...
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How Facebook and gaming could help scientists battle disease (Wired UK)

How Facebook and gaming could help scientists battle disease (Wired UK) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In the woods and forests of the United Kingdom, a killer is on the march; a tree killer.

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PlantGrowthQuiz - Daily quiz on plant growth and development. Tweet me your answers! | Wisr

PlantGrowthQuiz - Daily quiz on plant growth and development. Tweet me your answers! | Wisr | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Wisr teaches anything from Chemistry to Algebra through Twitter/chat/SMS/email. Learn by answering questions in the communication channel where you are most comfortable.

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Mary Williams's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:01 AM

I haven't seen twitter used in this way before - very nice to know about!

Mary Williams's comment, September 12, 2013 3:03 AM
There's a Daily Photosynthesis quz also! http://wisr.com/feeds/32575
mindlesspeduncle's curator insight, September 12, 2013 2:03 PM

nice