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On Science Transfer § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

On Science Transfer § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Emerging global challenges demand rapid responses from the scientific community. This can only be achieved through a reformation of the culture and practice of science—and its relation to the wider world.
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Sustainable on paper: the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia, Brazil

Sustainable on paper: the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia, Brazil | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
NGOs, city administrations and publishers worldwide switch to FSC-certified paper. Ordinary consumers can buy copy and printing paper as well as paper towels and even wallpaper bearing the tree logo. But is the paper's green image justified?
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Human Flower Project

Human Flower Project | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
After browsing through Russian and Ukrainian florists websites, we’re still not certain why this form of tribute is such a consistent floral presence at funerals in the region. We’ve read that even-numbered flowers are preferred (even required) at times of mourning and that yellow blooms are unwelcome at happy or sad occasions alike.
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Gut bacteria changes linked to stroke risk

Gut bacteria changes linked to stroke risk | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Alterations to the gut microbiota in humans are associated with symptomatic atherosclerosis and stroke, say researchers.
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Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect

Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists.
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Broccoli’s cancer protection is activated by bacteria in the lower gut « Food & Function Blog

Bacteria in the lower gut are responsible for breaking down of the major cancer fighting chemical in broccoli to release its bioactive form, claim Elizabeth Jeffery and colleagues at the University of Illinois.
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iloveACORNS

iloveACORNS | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Information about preparing and eating acorns. Describes various products made from acorn oil and flour on Kea island in Greece.
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ScienceDirect.com - Food Chemistry - Pomegranate varietal wines: Phytochemical composition and quality parameters

ScienceDirect.com - Food Chemistry - Pomegranate varietal wines: Phytochemical composition and quality parameters | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Tentacled, Carnivorous Plants Catapult Prey Into Traps

Tentacled, Carnivorous Plants Catapult Prey Into Traps | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A carnivorous plant in Australia has special tentacles that fling prey into its sticky trap, a new study shows for the first time.
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Broccoli et al. may reduce breast cancer risk: Meta-analysis

Broccoli et al. may reduce breast cancer risk: Meta-analysis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Increased intakes of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale may reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 15%, suggests a new meta-analysis from China.
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Giant Sequoias Grow Faster With Age

Giant Sequoias Grow Faster With Age | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Older trees beat out youngsters when it comes to bulking up, a new study says.
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It’s official! There are 222 general function approved health claims in the EU; 1500+ rejected

It’s official! There are 222 general function approved health claims in the EU; 1500+ rejected | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
From today food and supplement products marketed in the EU’s 27 member states must comply with the article 13, permitted list of health claims or face prosecution for misleading marketing.
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Plants Grow Fine Without Gravity

Plants Grow Fine Without Gravity | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Turns out plants grow just fine on the International Space Station. 
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Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests

Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An Australian study showed that mistletoe plays an important role in moving nutrients around the forest food web.
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Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves

Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Using water flow sensors and plastic "leaves" that sense wetness, UC Berkeley biologists have discovered that trees living in tropical mountaintop cloud forests drink through their leaves as well as their roots.
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Stevia in Europe: PureCircle highlights emerging trends

Stevia in Europe: PureCircle highlights emerging trends | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Regulatory restrictions and lessons learned from other markets are shaping the way food manufacturers are using stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe, according to supplier PureCircle.
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Italy proposes €500 fines for prohibited health claims: “Cheaper to violate than comply”

Italy proposes €500 fines for prohibited health claims: “Cheaper to violate than comply” | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
As attention turns to the enforcement of the EU’s controversial article 13, general function health claims list after a six month waiting period, an expert on the ground in Italy says the country’s policies will encourage law breaking.
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Spent Coffee Grounds as a Versatile Source of Green Energy - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS Publications)

Spent Coffee Grounds as a Versatile Source of Green Energy - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS Publications) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The production of energy from renewable and waste materials is an attractive alternative to the conventional agricultural feed stocks such as corn and soybean. This paper describes an approach to extract oil from spent coffee grounds and to further transesterify the processed oil to convert it into biodiesel. This process yields 10−15% oil depending on the coffee species (Arabica or Robusta). The biodiesel derived from the coffee grounds (100% conversion of oil to biodiesel) was found to be stable for more than 1 month under ambient conditions. It is projected that 340 million gallons of biodiesel can be produced from the waste coffee grounds around the world. The coffee grounds after oil extraction are ideal materials for garden fertilizer, feedstock for ethanol, and as fuel pellets.
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Toward the Storage Metabolome: Profiling the Barley Vacuole

Toward the Storage Metabolome: Profiling the Barley Vacuole | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
While recent years have witnessed dramatic advances in our capacity to identify and quantify an ever-increasing number of plant metabolites, our understanding of how metabolism is spatially regulated is still far from complete. In an attempt to partially address this question, we studied the storage metabolome of the barley (Hordeum vulgare) vacuole.
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What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It is well known that plant growth patterns are influenced by a variety of stimuli, gravity being one amongst many.
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PLOS ONE: Phytochemical Profile and Nutraceutical Value of Old and Modern Common Wheat Cultivars

PLOS ONE: Phytochemical Profile and Nutraceutical Value of Old and Modern Common Wheat Cultivars | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Plants for the Chinese New Year: Linnaeus, lilies, bamboos, and ancient Egyptian cemeteries

Plants for the Chinese New Year: Linnaeus, lilies, bamboos, and ancient Egyptian cemeteries | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I read an interesting article on the Plants of the Chinese New Year for 2012 and their symbolic importance and thought it would be a nice post for today, January 23, 2012, the Chinese New Year (of ...
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The Honey Trap

The Honey Trap | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A beehive is the urban roof accessory du jour, even more popular than its eco-friendly cousins, solar panels or greenery.
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Students of Ethnobotany: Where does paper come from?

Students of Ethnobotany: Where does paper come from? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This enthusiastic and detailed edition of Students of Ethnobotany was contributed by paper-themed rabble-rouser, So Young Chang. Where does paper come from? The answer might seem obvious – it...
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Evolving E. coli | Science News

Evolving E. coli | Science News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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