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Food Politics » Five more industry-funded studies with predictable results. Score since March: 52:1

Food Politics » Five more industry-funded studies with predictable results. Score since March: 52:1 | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Do vitamin supplements cause cancer? | JSTOR Daily

Do vitamin supplements cause cancer? | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
There's been a long history of research on vitamin supplements and their potential cancer risk.
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The Magnificent, Maligned Mangrove | JSTOR Daily

The Magnificent, Maligned Mangrove | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The mangrove is essential to ecosystems, but is in danger of becoming extinct.
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How clean is your spinach?

How clean is your spinach? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what that the words triple-washed or pre-washed on a bag of baby spinach mean? Not much according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside. They discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could be a key reason why there have been numerous bacterial outbreaks involving leafy green vegetables.
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This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes

This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Traditionally used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugs
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Flowers can endanger bees: Entomologists show flowers serve as parasite-dispersing hubs

Flowers can endanger bees: Entomologists show flowers serve as parasite-dispersing hubs | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Flowers can pose a grave danger to bees, a team of researchers has determined. The study is the first to show that not only can bees disperse parasites around the environment but also that flowers are platforms for a host of pollinator parasites subsequently dispersed onto visiting bees. The finding may affect the national and international trade of flowers unless sterilization of parasites on these flowers can be guaranteed.
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Don't look now, but there's an orgy in your garden

Don't look now, but there's an orgy in your garden | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A recent study proposes that the Anthropocene epoch has actually brought about a kind of sexual revolution among plants.
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The app that helps you discover edible weeds

The app that helps you discover edible weeds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley are using crowdsourcing to locate edible weeds in urban areas.
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Colourfully cunning cryptoflorigraphic conundrum - AoB Blog

Colourfully cunning cryptoflorigraphic conundrum - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Stephen Bax has now claimed to have begun to decipher the Voynich manuscript and suggests it is probably a treatise on nature.
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What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.
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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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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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Eradicating Plant Blindness in the 21st Century

Eradicating Plant Blindness in the 21st Century | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Last year we took a look at plant blindness -- a phrase used to describe the observation that people are largely unaware of the plants in their surroundings. Botanical illiteracy is more than a top...
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The Hidden Warning of Fall Colors - Issue 27: Dark Matter - Nautilus

The Hidden Warning of Fall Colors - Issue 27: Dark Matter - Nautilus | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Drifting above North America last autumn, a NASA satellite named Terra partook in some high-altitude leaf peeping. In an aerial photograph…
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Old Data, New Discoveries: Solving The Paradox of the Plankton | JSTOR Daily

Old Data, New Discoveries: Solving The Paradox of the Plankton | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In 1961, G. E. Hutchinson first outlined what he called the paradox of the plankton. Over 50 years later, it may be solved.
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The cannabis experiment

The cannabis experiment | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
As marijuana use becomes more acceptable, researchers are scrambling to answer key questions about the drug.
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Seasonal Immunity: Gene Activity Differs From Winter to Summer | SciTech Connect

Seasonal Immunity: Gene Activity Differs From Winter to Summer | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Our immune systems vary with the seasons, according to a study led by the University of Cambridge that could help explain why certain conditions such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis are aggravated in winter whilst people tend to be healthier in the summer.
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As Biodiversity Declines on Corn Farms, Pest Problems Grow | SciTech Connect

As Biodiversity Declines on Corn Farms, Pest Problems Grow | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In a study of corn farms across the Northern Great Plains, we found that farms with lower insect biodiversity have more pests. The findings suggest that farming practices that promote insect biodiversity may be an effective way to control pests.
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Fancy a cool slice of watermelon? - AoB Blog

Fancy a cool slice of watermelon? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This study uncovers the north-eastern African origins of the dessert watermelon and concludes that it was is domesticated there over 4000 years ago.
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Coffee rust or Why the British drink Tea instead of Coffee.

Coffee rust or Why the British drink Tea instead of Coffee. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
There is not a single morning that I do not start with a cup of coffee. Without caffeine, my brain and body refuse to function. To ensure a thorough supply with coffee throughout the day, I have on...
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What’s Up With That: Why Toothpaste and Pine Nuts Can Make Some Foods Taste Disgusting | Science | WIRED

What’s Up With That: Why Toothpaste and Pine Nuts Can Make Some Foods Taste Disgusting | Science | WIRED | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I used to love pine nuts, but now I’m wary of them. A couple years ago I threw a handful of them on a salad and they ruined my sense of taste for weeks. Water tasted bitter and metallic. Everything I ate tasted different, and not in a good way. Eventually, the bad taste went…
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Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants respond to sound, but why? Researchers who exposed plants to the vibrations of chomping caterpillars say the reason is self-defense.
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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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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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