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Rockefeller researchers identify defense system in plants
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have discovered that an experimental plant may harbor an additional line of defense against drought, once it has left the safety of its seed. The work suggests that a well-known plant hormone delays the growth of newly sprouted plants. (2001-04-02)

Soaking brown rice before cooking makes it more nutritious, researchers say
A team of Japanese scientists has found that inducing brown rice to germinate - by soaking it for several hours before it is cooked - enhances its already high nutritional value. The findings will be presented at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies in Honolulu. (2000-12-15)

Plant's PICKLE gene may hold clue to cancer
Purdue University biochemist Joe Ogas set out to determine why pickle-shaped swellings developed on some laboratory plant roots. Instead, he stumbled upon a biochemical on/off switch that could help researchers better understand cancer and, at the same time, develop new oil crops. (2000-09-04)

Smoke breathes new life into a forest
Scientists have previously reported that heat shock and charred wood induce germination in dormant seeds. In the October issue of Ecology, a study of California chaparral demonstrates that smoke also triggers germination in deeply dormant seeds. (1998-10-13)

Duke Studies Show U.S. Central Plains Vulnerable To Global Warming
By analyzing how the northern U.S. Central Plains changed between grassland and forest due to past climate changes, Duke University ecologists have offered further evidence that the region will likely undergo drastic ecological changes due to 21st-century global warming. (1998-08-04)

A 300-Million-Year Old Twosome: The Cycad And Its Pollinator
Living fossils of the plant world, the cycads can trace their lineage back to about 300 million years ago. Today the cycads are mere vestiges of their glorious past. Dr. Dennis Wm. Stevenson's work at The New York Botanical Garden unravelled the symbiosis -- mutually beneficial relationship of two dissimilar organisms living together -- between plants and insect pollinators, demonstrating that the cycads' survival is contingent upon the preservation of their ecosystem. (1998-07-31)

Duke Chemists Narrow The Search For Key Produce-Ripening Step
Duke University chemists have identified a likely chemical pathway among the possible thousands that fruits and vegetables could use to initiate the ripening process. (1998-01-15)

New Plant Mutation Produces Tap Root With Large Amounts Of Oil, Proteins, And Starch
A new mutation in Arabidopsis has been discovered that makes a tap root with large amounts of oils, proteins, and starch-- a discovery that could lead to genetically engineered plants that store commercially useful amounts of these materials. The discovery could also lead to the creation of more nutritious root crops to feed the world's burgeoning population. (1997-07-03)

Time To B. Cereus About Hot Chocolate Vending Machines--Report Of An Outbreak
Health officials at the Minneapolis Department of Health report on an outbreak of food poisoning from contaminated machines that dispense hot chocolate. Seven of 39 vending machines tested in the city were contaminated, of these, two had levels of B. Cereus sufficient to cause illness (1997-05-01)

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