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Vegetable oil IS good for you, MU researcher says
Since the 1970s, researchers have known that lineolic acid (LA) helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, and for decades, scientists have known that consuming LA can help lower the risk of heart disease. However, some experts have been claiming recently that Americans might be getting too much of a good thing. A new study from the University of Missouri contradicts that claim. (2013-06-07)

Sacred lotus genome sequence enlightens scientists
The sacred lotus is a symbol of spiritual purity and longevity. Its seeds can survive up to 1,300 years, its petals and leaves repel grime and water, and its flowers generate heat to attract pollinators. Now researchers report that they have sequenced the lotus genome. Of all the plants sequenced so far -- and there are dozens -- sacred lotus bears the closest resemblance to the ancestor of all eudicots, a broad category of flowering plants that includes apple, cabbage, cactus, coffee and tobacco. (2013-05-10)

Wildflower declines in Thoreau's Concord woods are due to climate changes
Researchers at Boston University and Harvard University found rapid changes in temperatue have led to changes in the timing of seasonal activities , such as flowering in a significant number of species in Concord, Mass. These latest are based on initial studies of 473 species by Henry David Thoreau. (2008-10-27)

Neiker-Tecnalia study use of oilseedrape and sunflower oils to produce fuel and feed for herds
The oil extracted from oleaginous plants can be used as a fuel for agricultural vehicles without any reduction in their performance -- thus enabling farmers to have greater energy self-sufficiency. Besides this, a sub-product known as oilseedcake is extracted, and which is optimum fodder for animal herds, given its significant protein and fatty acids content. (2010-07-23)

Cooking oils boost low sulfur diesel fuel and engine lubricant performance
Penn State engineers have shown that adding specially treated cooking oils, such as soybean, canola or sunflower oil, to mandated low sulfur diesel fuels and engine lubricants reduces friction and wear. (2002-10-15)

Predicting the movement of genes
In a study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications, Charity Cummings (University of Kansas), Helen Alexander (University of Kansas), Allison Snow (Ohio State University), Loren Riesenberg (Indiana University) and colleagues tracked the movement of three specific alleles, or genes, in wild and domesticated sunflowers to determine how often and to what extent these plant populations will hybridize and pass specific genes on to the next generation. (2002-12-30)

Nutrition scientists take a look at cataract prevention
Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University recently sought, in three different studies, to determine if prevention of age-related cataracts is possible. Their findings suggest that vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids--two categories of nutrients believed to have health benefits--may both affect cataract development, although not necessarily in beneficial ways. (2005-08-09)

MSU licenses plant oil enhancement technology to BASF Plant Science
Technology that could enhance plants' seed oil content for food and animal feed applications has been licensed to BASF Plant Science under an exclusive commercial agreement with Michigan State University. (2009-09-25)

UC Berkeley researcher promotes new solutions to improving crop yields and ending hunger in Africa
Tens of thousands of farmers in Africa have been seeing crop yields increase two to four times through an innovative soil fertility replenishment program promoted by Pedro Sanchez, senior research fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for Sustainable Resource Development. The program uses trees, rocks and shrubs available throughout sub-Saharan Africa to fertilize farmland. (2002-03-14)

Nutrition model stresses positive experience of eating
Enjoying the eating process without focus on dietary restrictions may be key to managing weight and staying healthy, according to researchers who have unveiled a new and effective model for managing eating. (2007-09-18)

Eating fish, omega-3 oils, fruits and veggies lowers risk of memory problems
A diet rich in fish, omega-3 oils, fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, whereas consuming omega-6 rich oils could increase chances of developing memory problems, according to a study published in the Nov. 13, 2007, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2007-11-12)

New plant DNA libraries provides massive boost to world's plant researchers
Researchers at the University of Warwick's horticultural research arm Warwick HRI have created an extensive new range of libraries of plant DNA that will provide a massive boost to the world's plant researchers. The new collection of DNA libraries is the largest of its type in the world and will provide researchers with a unique resource. (2005-06-02)

Study: A little help from friends makes wounds heal faster
New research in hamsters now suggests that without companionship, wounds on the animals don't heal as fast. Researchers looked at the effect social contact had on wound healing in stressed hamsters. Results showed that skin wounds healed nearly twice as fast in the hamsters paired with a sibling. These animals also produced less of the stress hormone cortisol than unpaired hamsters. (2004-08-03)

'Flower power' cars could be in your future
Get ready for (2004-08-25)

Food for flight
US Forest Service research in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas suggests that decades of fire suppression have reduced the area's food supply for migrating monarch butterflies, and that restoration efforts that include prescribed burning can reverse this trend. (2006-11-17)

Genetically modified crops may pass helpful traits to weeds, study finds
For the first time, researchers have shown that a gene artificially inserted into crop plants to fend off pests can migrate to weeds in a natural environment and make the weeds stronger. Scientists studied genetically engineered sunflowers - those modified with a gene that produces a chemical toxic to certain insects - to see what happened when these foreign genes, called transgenes, were inadvertently passed along to weedy relatives. (2002-08-08)

Low vitamin E intake during pregnancy can lead to childhood asthma
Children whose mothers had a low intake of vitamin E during pregnancy are more likely to develop wheezing and asthma by age five. (2006-09-01)

Researcher finds Girl Scout meetings provide an opportunity to increase girls' physical activity
A kinesiology researcher trained Girl Scout leaders to instruct exercise sessions and promote healthful eating among their troops. The girls in the intervention troops were less sedentary than those not in the interventions, and performed higher levels of exercise during troop meetings. (2009-06-24)

Mother (nature) knows best
The simple sunflower seed may hold the key to reducing hypertension and associated loss of cognitive ability, and preventing debilitating strokes. A new research study may be an opening salvo in a new front in the war against strokes, the nation's third leading killer. (2002-08-26)

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