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Our Coming Food Crisis : Gary Nabhan

Our Coming Food Crisis : Gary Nabhan | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

And no one can reasonably argue that the current system offers farmers any long-term protection. Last year some farmers made more from insurance payments than from selling their products, meaning we are dangerously close to subsidizing farmers for not adapting to changing climate conditions.

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Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli

Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new seed promises to flower in more climates, improving freshness and taste for many.
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Can plants keep time? - Dr Alex Webb, University of Cambridge - The Naked Scientists

Can plants keep time? - Dr Alex Webb, University of Cambridge - The Naked Scientists | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

We humans have body clocks or circadian rhythms that control when we wake up, when we go to sleep, and even how hungry we feel. It’s why we succumb to jetlag when we go overseas. But plants also have daily rhythms that affect the way they grow and also how they transport nutrients.

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Kew IncrEdibles food blog - Peruvian wild tomatoes

Kew IncrEdibles food blog - Peruvian wild tomatoes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Tomatoes are among the Vegetable Medley which is currently transforming Kew's Palm House parterre into a stunning display of edible plants.
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Plant's 'SOS' When Feasted On Attracts More Hungry Caterpillars

Plant's 'SOS'  When Feasted On Attracts More Hungry Caterpillars | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The caterpillars use the volatile organic compounds given off by plants under attack so they can find them if they fall into the dirt.
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The Phytophactor: Sheep-eating plant?

The Phytophactor: Sheep-eating plant? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How does a plant become adapted to snaring fluffy sheeps with its "razor-sharp" spines so it can receive nutrition from their rotting remains interact so intimately with a recently, in evolutionary terms, introduced species?  - See more at: http://phytophactor.fieldofscience.com/2013/06/sheep-eating-plant.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Phytophactor+%28The+Phytophactor%29#sthash.Hm7xpghj.dpuf
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Herbal extract increases lifespan by almost a quarter, finds fly research

Herbal extract increases lifespan by almost a quarter, finds fly research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Consumption of yellow-flowered herbal extract used traditionally for stress relief may increase lifespan by almost 25%, according to new research in fruit flies.
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ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says

ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since United States Department of Agriculture took down its ORAC database.  Now that this official reference point is gone, does this measure of antioxidant potential still have relevance in the marketplace?
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Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin

Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K. This is the first time that this mold,
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Fruits And Veggies Are Alive, Can Defend Against Herbivores

Fruits And Veggies Are Alive, Can Defend Against Herbivores | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Fruits and veggies have circadian clocks and can adjust certain nutrients in response to light cues.
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Your vegetables’ nutritional content could be affected by jet lag

Your vegetables’ nutritional content could be affected by jet lag | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Why should we care? Well, plants that are alive adjust to the conditions surrounding them. Researchers at Rice University have shown that some plants have circadian rhythms, adjusting their production of certain chemicals based on their exposure to light and dark cycles. Understanding and exploiting these rhythms could help us maximize the nutritional value of the vegetables we eat.

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Can Plants Do Math?

Can Plants Do Math? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How do some plants arrange their leaves in a whorl (e.g., see photo left) in order maximize sunlight exposure, and, thus, photosynthesis?And how is it that plants consume stored energy in the form ...
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Some Trees Use Less Water Amid Rising Carbon Dioxide, Paper Says

Some Trees Use Less Water Amid Rising Carbon Dioxide, Paper Says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New research suggests that trees in at least some parts of the world are having to pull less water out of the ground to achieve a given amount of growth.
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Phytochemical genomics—a new trend

Phytochemical genomics—a new trend | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

"Great promise is seen in metabolic quantitative loci analysis in major crops such as rice and tomato, and identification of novel genes involved in the biosynthesis of bioactive specialized metabolites in medicinal plants."


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Fungus covers fragments of its own cell wall to avoid plant defences

Fungus covers fragments of its own cell wall to avoid plant defences | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Many fungi can make themselves invisible to the immune system of plants.
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The lonesome pines: a third of conifer species put on endangered list

The lonesome pines: a third of conifer species put on endangered list | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
More than a third of the world’s conifer species are threatened with extinction as a result of urbanisation, logging, disease and feral goats, according to an alarming new report.
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Does Ingested Plant Material Regulate Your Genes? - Probably Not

Does Ingested Plant Material Regulate Your Genes? - Probably Not | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A New Twist on "You Are What You Eat"? In a previous post, I alerted readers about research from China’s Nanjing University reporting that small bits of genetic material from ingested plants may re...
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Archaeologists Find Evidence of Flowers Buried in a 12,000-Year-Old Cemetery

Archaeologists Find Evidence of Flowers Buried in a 12,000-Year-Old Cemetery | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plant impressions found underneath a pair of ancient humans in Israel indicate they were buried ceremonially, atop a bed of flowers
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Talking Plants: The miraculous miraculin

Talking Plants: The miraculous miraculin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

By chewing the fruit you are covering the surface of your tongue with miraculin, ready to react as soon as an acidic solution enters the mouth. Even after you swallow the lime juice the miraculin remains bound to the sweet receptors for up to an hour- inactive, but ready to switch to sweetness when you suck your next lime.

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Italy slashes maximum melatonin levels from 5mg per day to 1mg

Italy slashes maximum melatonin levels from 5mg per day to 1mg | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Italian Ministry of Health has cut the maximum allowed level of melatonin in nutritional supplements from 5mg per day to 1mg per day - citing EFSA health claims approvals and the fact that 2mg doses are approved for medical uses as reasons for...
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How a giant tree's death sparked the conservation movement 160 years ago

How a giant tree's death sparked the conservation movement 160 years ago | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: 160 years ago a giant sequoia in California was cut down, becoming the inspiration for the national park system
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England, Meet Your New Giant Sheep-Eating Plant

England, Meet Your New Giant Sheep-Eating Plant | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Puya chilensis is a very large bromeliad, native to the mountains of Chile. Bromeliads are spiky, mostly tropical, mostly New-World plants, the
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Current Biology: Anthocyanins Double the Shelf Life of Tomatoes by Delaying Overripening and Reducing Susceptibility to Gray Mold (2013)

Current Biology: Anthocyanins Double the Shelf Life of Tomatoes by Delaying Overripening and Reducing Susceptibility to Gray Mold (2013) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Shelf life is an important quality trait for many fruit, including tomatoes. We report that enrichment of anthocyanin, a natural pigment, in tomatoes can significantly extend shelf life. Processes late in ripening are suppressed by anthocyanin accumulation, and susceptibility to Botrytis cinerea, one of the most important postharvest pathogens, is reduced in purple tomato fruit. We show that reduced susceptibility to B. cinerea is dependent specifically on the accumulation of anthocyanins, which alter the spreading of the ROS burst during infection. The increased antioxidant capacity of purple fruit likely slows the processes of overripening. Enhancing the levels of natural antioxidants in tomato provides a novel strategy for extending shelf life by genetic engineering or conventional breeding.


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fundoshi's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:05 AM

殺生だからインパクトに関係ないなんてことはないだろうな。