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Secrets of the pink tomato

A team of scientists have revealed the gene that is responsible for producing the pink tomatoes Far Eastern diners are partial to, focuses...

The promise of sustainable agriculture

As agricultural land becomes increasingly valuable, the need to maximise its utilisation increases and decisions about what crops to plant...

Antagonistic genes control rice growth

Scientists have found that a plant steroid prompts two genes to battle each other-one suppresses the other to ensure that leaves grow...

Soil studies reveal rise in antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture,...

Reduction in glycotoxins reduces food risks

Cutting back on the consumption of processed and fried foods, which are high in toxins called Advanced Glycation end products, can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body's natural defences regardless of age or health status.

Genetic map for cowpea

Cowpea, a protein-rich legume crop, is immensely important in many parts of the world, particularly drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia, where it plays a central role in the diet and economy of hundreds of millions of people.

PCR solutions for rapid detection

Microbial contaminations are predominant problems in the process of food manufacturing. Biotecon Diagnostics offers a complete portfolio of innovative PCR systems for the rapid detection of contaminants.

Manufacturers and regulators must learn from listeriosis mistakes

Following a listeriosis outbreak in Canada last year in which 22 people died, an official report calls for safety to be considered in an overall context that includes processing equipment suppliers, food manufacturers, and government...

The amazing maze of maize evolution

As one of the most important crops worldwide, understanding exactly how maize has evolved has many practical benefits and may help to...

Good results on food cotton in field

Field trials of a new cotton are verifying previous lab and greenhouse studies indicating the crop could become a source of protein for millions of malnourished people in the world.

Potato genome based on unique variety

The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium has released a draft sequence of the potato genome with the help of a Virginia Tech researcher.

Getting to the bottom of rice

By looking at what different types of rice have in common, a team of international scientists is unlocking rice's genetic diversity to help...

Technology: Salt-tolerant crops closer to reality

An international team of scientists has developed salt-tolerant plants using a new type of genetic modification, bringing salt-tolerant cereal crops a step closer to reality.

Food technology: Virus-resistant grapevines

Researchers are making certain plants resistant to the Grapevine fanleaf virus - the cause of fanleaf disease and resulting in deformed...

Domestication of pepper provides insights into ingredient history

Researchers are exploring the domestication of chiles, hot peppers that have long played an important role in the diets of Mesoamerican...

Hatchery fish technology harmful

Steelhead trout that are originally bred in hatcheries are so genetically impaired that, even if they survive and reproduce in the wild, their offspring will also be significantly less successful at reproducing.

Lettuce gets a healthy suntan

A team of plant physiologists has developed a way to make lettuce darker and redder-and therefore healthier-using ultraviolet light-emitting diodes.

Germs succumb to baby broccoli

Eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months may confer some protection against a rampant stomach bug that causes...

How men and women cope

Can people's differing reactions to situations of stress be attributed at least in part to genetic differences and do those differences affect men and women in different ways?

Sequencing and analysis of the gene-rich cowpea

Cowpea is one of the most important food and forage legumes in the semi-arid tropics because of its drought tolerance and ability to grow on poor quality soils.

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