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New blackberry introduced
Introducing 'Natchez', the
twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive,
floricane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson)
cultivars developed by the University of Arkansas.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:21:48 AM
Methyl bromide alternatives for California strawberry nurseries
Since around 1960, methyl bromide
(MB) has been the foundation for soilborne disease and weed control in
California strawberries. MB, classified as a Class I stratospheric
ozone-depleting chemical, has been phased out since 2005, but is still
being used in strawberry production under a critical-use exemption.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:02:11 AM
Sweet potato takes a ride on space shuttle Columbia
Because of the distinct lack of grocery stores in outer space,
scientists are looking for ways to provide food for long-term space
Feb 17, 2009 - 9:32:06 AM
Pros and Cons of Commercial Irradiation of Fresh Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Spinach: A Literature Review - Part V. Conclusions
As this multi-part series on FDA’s new rule approving commercial
irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach comes to its
conclusion, it is important to ask if and how this movement by the
regulatory agency can be translated into action by industry and
consumers to promote public health. I embarked on this literature
review to help answer these questions, and to gain a better
understanding of the pros (advantages) and cons (limitations) of
implementing commercial irradiation of lettuce/spinach. Follow these
links to read the entire series.
Feb 8, 2009 - 6:27:58 PM
New Test Speeds Triclosan Detection in Water
A new test for detecting triclosan should expedite environmental
monitoring of the antibacterial agent in rivers, wells and other water
sources, according to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
and collaborating scientists.
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:15:12 AM
Studies of the Week: Multiple 2008 Studies Confirm Genetically Modified Crops Damage Human Health and the Environment
But a recent series of
peer-reviewed studies were published in 2008 confirming previous
studies indicating potentially severe health and environmental problems
associated with the biotech crops.
Jan 7, 2009 - 1:02:50 PM
Scientists Aim to Spike Pest's Biochemical Punch Bowl
Tiny, wormlike organisms called nematodes can be friend or foe to
farmers. One such foe, the soybean cyst nematode Heterodera glycines,
costs soybean farmers $1 billion annually in crop losses and chemical
controls. But now, the crop pests could become their own worst enemies,
thanks to biochemical sabotage.
Jan 7, 2009 - 8:19:16 AM
Nanotechnology May be Used for Food Safety
A microscopic biological sensor that detects Salmonella bacteria in lab
tests has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
scientist and university colleagues. The sensor could be adapted to
detect other foodborne pathogens as well.
Dec 15, 2008 - 2:28:40 PM
Modified Lignin Has Potential Benefits for Ethanol, Paper and Feed
Cellulose is a key component of plant cell walls that can be converted into ethanol and other products. New findings from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) could help make that conversion process easier.
Dec 9, 2008 - 12:30:22 PM
Bush’s environmental legacy on GMOs is irreversible
In a few hundred thousand years, after all weather effects of 21st
century climate change have disappeared from the earth’s surface, after
our quietly smoldering nuclear waste has been extinguished, two
destructive impacts traceable to George Bush’s policies will yet remain.
Dec 5, 2008 - 11:24:45 AM
Corn Protein Polymers Inspire Diverse New Uses
Zein, a major corn protein, is primarily used in specialty coatings,
such as for paper. Now, improved methods of purifying and modifying
zein devised by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists could
usher in new cosmetic and biomedical applications as well.
Nov 20, 2008 - 6:00:30 AM
Increasing Calcium in Carrots and Other Vegetables
Carrots have been modified to have higher amounts of calcium, according
to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists who
report that the research could be used to add this valuable nutrient to
Nov 19, 2008 - 9:36:03 AM
Got Pumpkin Pie? Thank A Bee!
Would pumpkin pie be as plentiful without the diligent efforts of pumpkin-pollinating bees? Perhaps not.
Nov 18, 2008 - 11:20:51 AM
Study: Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety
A long-term feeding
commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed
by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and
carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically
modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice.
Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along
with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and
GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women
around the world.
Nov 14, 2008 - 7:47:42 AM
Acrylic glass made of sugar
Duisburg/Leipzig. In future, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA for short) - better known as acrylic glass - could be made from natural raw materials such as sugars, alcohols or fatty acids. PMMA is manufactured by polymerising methyl methacrylate (MMA).
Nov 13, 2008 - 8:27:50 AM
Hops Extract May Reduce Clostridium in Chickens
Hops contain substances that control pathogenic bacteria in the
intestines of chickens, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists
and cooperators have reported.
Oct 29, 2008 - 9:20:52 AM
Antioxidant Effects from Eating Almonds
Eating almonds significantly decreased levels of two biomarkers for
oxidative stress in a group of 27 male and female volunteers with
elevated cholesterol. The study was conducted by scientists funded by
the Agricultural Research Service, the Almond Board of California, and
the Canada Research Chair Endowment.
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:35:52 AM
Food and Nutrition Research Briefs: October 2008
Sizing Up Teen Snacking; Calcium Alone Does Not Reduce Hip Fracture Risk; Potassium and Potato Preparation; More Strawberries, More Antioxidant Absorption; Protecting Romaine Lettuce From Pathogens; New Research on Peanut Components; Meat Safety: It All Works Out in the Wash; Pathogen Genes Targeted in Studies to Protect Salad Veggies; Food Safety Developments Are in the Air; ARS Releases Gulfcrimson Peach to Nurseries
Oct 5, 2008 - 11:47:27 AM
School Lab Rats Freak Out on GE Food
According to Frigo, the second
graders tried to do the experiment again a few months later with the
same mice, but the animals have already learned their lesson and refuse
to eat the GE food.
Sep 10, 2008 - 9:19:14 PM
Biochemists manipulate fruit flavor enzymes
Would you like a lemony watermelon?
How about a strawberry-flavored banana? Biochemists at The University
of Texas Medical School at Houston say the day may be coming when
scientists will be able to fine tune enzymes responsible for flavors in
fruits and vegetables. In addition, it could lead to
environmentally-friendly pest control.
Aug 22, 2008 - 10:51:11 PM
USDA Conference Spotlights Sorghum's Biofuel Potential
Sorghum's potential as a biofuel crop
will be explored at the International Workshop on Sorghum for Biofuels
which begins in Houston, Texas, tomorrow. More than 100 international
experts from government, academia, the private sector and the
agricultural community are expected to participate in the conference.
Aug 19, 2008 - 7:16:41 AM
Recovering the Good Earth: China's Growing Organic Market
People whose impressions of Chinese food exports are colored by reports
of contaminated pet food or pesticide-laced dumplings might not expect
China to have much of an organic market.
Aug 7, 2008 - 11:10:13 PM
Mustard – hot stuff for natural pest control
Jul 25, 2008 - 7:19:31 AM
'Green' potato health risk can be eliminated by cutting away affected area
that have turned 'green' can potentially contain a naturally occurring
toxin called Glycoalkaloids (GA) and pose a risk to public health
according to a review paper published in the latest online issue of
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (JSFA).
Jul 25, 2008 - 7:17:41 AM
Plants make vaccine for treating type of cancer in Stanford study
Plants could act
as safe, speedy factories for growing antibodies for personalized
treatments against a common form of cancer, according to new findings
from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The findings came in
the first human tests of an injectable vaccine grown in genetically
Jul 24, 2008 - 6:31:21 AM
Spice-Rack Favorites Battle E. coli and Other Foodborne Pathogens
Herbs and spices like oregano, thyme, cinnamon and clove do more than
add pleasing flavors and aromas to familiar foods. The oils from these
plants, or compounds extracted from those oils, pack a powerful,
antimicrobial punch--strong enough to help quell such foodborne
pathogens as Escherichia coli O157:H7.
Jul 14, 2008 - 9:27:10 AM
Scientists Test Method for Sanitizing Leafy Produce
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are studying new
sanitizing methods to enhance the safety of leafy greens—technology
that may result in safer salads. That's good news for health-conscious
consumers. Today, sales of fresh cut lettuce and leafy greens have
reached $3 billion annually, according to industry experts, and the
demand is increasing.
Jul 7, 2008 - 7:21:31 AM
New Research Presented on Peanut Components
Fat free peanut flour, whole peanuts and peanut oil all may have
cardio-protective properties, results from a new animal study suggest.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are presenting the
findings at this week's Institute of Food Technologists 2008 Annual
Meeting in New Orleans, La.
Jun 30, 2008 - 8:09:26 AM
The 21st century tomato
Using systems biology to model the metabolic networks in tomato fruit development
Jun 27, 2008 - 10:43:00 PM
Potassium and Potato Preparation
The preparation of a potato can have a big impact on its mineral
content, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report in a new
study of this popular vegetable.
Jun 24, 2008 - 8:11:29 PM