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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.

Diversification of the rice genus

The completion of rice genome sequencing has made rice and its wild relatives an attractive system for biological studies.

Biopharmaceutical development

According to new study, improvements to the technology infrastructure for biopharmaceutical R&D could save the US industry alone hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Eliminate ‘enemy’ yeast

Yeasts are a group of predominantly unicellular fungi which mankind has exploited in food and beverage production for millennia.

Dynamic light scattering

Non-viral vector development can be used for the detailed structural characterisation of a non-viral gene vector

Next-generation sequencing opens gate to new insights

Sequencing is a powerful and versatile tool that helps scientists gain new insights in many areas of medicine and biology. Dr Burkhard Ziebolz reports.

Cutting sample preparation time in Salmonella testing

Tytti Miettinen reports on an alternative approach to Salmonella testing.

WHO updates guidelines for labs dealing with influenza A virus

As avian flu spreads, the World Health Organisation has issued new guidelines for identifying avian influenza A virus in specimens from humans. Sean Ottewell reports.

New DNA sequencing

US company Solexa has completed its first genome sequence, that of the virus Phi-X174. The company announced complete genome coverage.

Edible packaging made from food by-products reduces use of plastic

University of California food scientist Professor John Krochta has developed an edible food coating derived from the dairy by-product whey.

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