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Study on mice demonstrates the action of strawberries against breast cancer
A study by European and Latin American researchers has shown that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumors. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing can not be extrapolated to humans. (2017-04-19)

Set strawberry alarm clock for post-apple bloom
Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do, can reap a better harvest, according to new research. (2017-04-03)

Behavioral biology: Ripeness is all
In contrast to other members of the Drosophila family, the spotted-wing fly D. suzukii deposits its eggs in ripe fruits. Biologists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have now elucidated the sensory basis of their ability to exploit a novel ecological niche. (2017-03-10)

Physicians analyze food trends and publish dietary prescription for optimal heart health
Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, and 11 other authors, including Andrew Freeman, M.D., Pamela Morris, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and Kim Williams, M.D., reviewed the latest research behind popular food trends for 'Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies,' which appears in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2017-03-03)

Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by Richard Sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Recent Illinois alumnus Devasia Manuel, currently a machine learning researcher with Google and Sowers' co-author on the study, developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower's strawberries from the field to cold storage. (2017-03-02)

Aqua plantation for strawberries and RUDN student Margarita Romanets' gold medal for
Intensive block aqua plantation for strawberries and RUDN student Margarita Romanets' gold medal for (2016-11-23)

Trimming the spare tire: Canola oil may cut belly fat
Including canola oil in a healthy diet may help reduce abdominal fat in as little as four weeks, according to health researchers. (2016-11-02)

Optimizing strawberry yield in vertical farming
Experiments conducted at two locations in Illinois compared 11 strawberry cultivars, three soilless media mixtures, and three nutrient sources. Strawberry yield was greatest when grown in perlite mixed with coco coir or vermiculite and fertilized with a synthetic nutrient source. Yield was reduced by up to 15 percent when fertilized with a bio-based, liquid nutrient source and vermicompost mixed with soilless media. Florida Radiance, Monterey, Evie 2, Portola, and Seascape were recommended as high-yielding strawberry cultivars. (2016-10-10)

Mix and match microbes to make probiotics last
Scientists have tried to alter the human gut microbiota to improve health by introducing beneficial probiotic bacteria. Yet commercially available probiotics do not establish themselves in the gut. A study published Sept. 29 in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that it is possible to alter the microbial ecosystem in the human gut for at least six months by introducing a single, ecologically appropriate bacterial strain. (2016-10-03)

Refrigerator us warm?
A discovery made at RUDN University allows to substantially increase the production of high-quality planting material of horticultural crops. (2016-09-06)

A visual nudge can disrupt recall of what things look like
Interfering with your vision makes it harder to describe what you know about the appearance of even common objects, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (2016-08-26)

UNH scientists unravel genetic ancestry of cultivated strawberry
Scientists from the University of New Hampshire have unlocked a major genetic mystery of one of the ancestors of cultivated strawberry. A genetic analysis conducted by New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers, which took four years to complete, aims to improve modern cultivation efforts of strawberry growers. (2016-08-23)

Your diet plan isn't working? New Baylor research explains why
Dieters tend to adopt the wrong strategies, often planning to ditch their favorite foods and replace them with less-desirable options, according to new research from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. Conversely, successful dieters focus on adding healthy foods -- foods that they actually like. (2016-07-12)

Creating more effective product recalls by improving traceability
Even as the food industry looks for ways to curb outbreaks, a new University of Notre Dame study finds that just being able to trace a product through its supply chain is at once critical, and difficult. (2016-06-22)

Silk keeps fruit fresh without refrigeration, according to Tufts study
Tufts University biomedical engineers have demonstrated that fruits can stay fresh for more than a week without refrigeration if they are coated in an odorless, biocompatible silk solution so thin as to be virtually invisible. The approach is a promising avenue for preservation of delicate foods using a naturally derived material and a water-based manufacturing process. (2016-05-06)

Exploiting male killing bacteria to control insects
A team of scientists have discovered a key mechanism that drives a bacteria that kills male insects, a development that could potentially be exploited to control insect pest species in the future. (2016-05-05)

Ground-nesting bees on farms lack food, grow smaller
According to a recent study, the size of a common ground-nesting bee -- an important crop pollinator -- has grown smaller in heavily farmed landscapes. (2016-03-24)

Sorghum: Not so ho-hum
Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop to more new locations. (2016-03-16)

Flavonoids from fruits and vegetables may help with weight maintenance
Eating fruit and vegetables that contain high levels of flavonoids, such as apples, pears, and berries, may be associated with less weight gain, suggests findings from a study published in The BMJ today. (2016-01-27)

Blueberries, citrus fruits and red wine associated with reduced erectile dysfunction
Flavonoid-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction -- according to a new collaborative study from the University of East Anglia and Harvard University. Of all the different flavonoids, Anthocyanins (found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes and blackcurrant), flavanones and flavones (found in citrus fruits) were found to offer the greatest benefits in preventing the condition. This research shows that eating a flavonoid-rich diet is as good for erectile function as briskly walking for up to five hours a week. (2016-01-13)

Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they're sold
The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments -- from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability of them, affected consumers' perceptions? A University of Illinois researcher and her team designed an experiment to provide insight on some of the variables that may influence opinions about organic foods. (2016-01-11)

Victorians exposed to fine art through Christmas cards
Designers of Christmas cards used fine art on their products to divert attention away from concerns that that the festival was becoming too commercialized, a University of Exeter academic has found. (2015-12-07)

Kitchen utensils can spread bacteria between foods, UGA study finds
In a recent study funded by the US Food and Drug Administration, University of Georgia researchers found that produce that contained bacteria would contaminate other produce items through the continued use of knives or graters -- the bacteria would latch on to the utensils commonly found in consumers' homes and spread. Unfortunately, many consumers are unaware utensils and other surfaces at home can contribute to the spread of bacteria, said lead author Marilyn Erickson. (2015-11-10)

Identifying common objectives for crop wild relatives symposium
Collecting genetic information from crop wild relatives may preserve valuable traits but takes cooperation. (2015-09-28)

Edible coatings may increase quality and shelf life of strawberries
Strawberries are one of the most economically important fruits worldwide but are easily susceptible to bruising and are highly perishable. A new study in the August issue of the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists found that edible active coatings based on pectin, pullulan and chitosan may improve quality and shelf life of strawberries. (2015-08-18)

Eating away at cognitive decline
Eating a group of specific foods known as the MIND diet may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even when the person is not at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Rush University Medical Center. (2015-08-04)

Can we save the strawberries? (video)
Strawberries are sweet, juicy and delightful. Unfortunately, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean 2016 will be the end of strawberries in the US. How can we protect our strawberries from pests and comply with federal fumigant standards? In this Speaking of Chemistry video, Sophia Cai explains the problem and some possible solutions. Check it out here: (2015-08-03)

UV light can kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits
The growing organic produce industry may soon have a new way to ensure the safety of fresh fruits. Scientists at Washington State University have shown that ultraviolet C light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits. (2015-07-28)

Destructive power of bubbles could lead to new industrial applications
Cavitation bubbles can kill fish and damage boat propellers. Virginia Tech researcher say learning more about them could harness that power for industrial uses, like safer cleaning processes. (2015-06-22)

WSU scientists turn white fat into obesity-fighting beige fat
Washington State University scientists have shown that berries, grapes and other fruits convert excess white fat into calorie-burning 'beige' fat, providing new strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity. In the study, mice were fed a high fat diet. Those receiving resveratrol in amounts equivalent to 12 ounces of fruit per day for humans gained about 40 percent less weight than control mice. (2015-06-18)

Effective season extension technologies identified for strawberry production
A study assessed economic returns to three season extension methods for strawberry production in the Intermountain West; high tunnels only, high tunnels in conjunction with low tunnels and targeted in-ground supplemental heating. High tunnels provided net returns of $1,943.57 or $15,548.56 per hectare. Low tunnels added within the high tunnels resulted in a positive increase in net returns for one cultivar. Supplemental in-ground heating increased net returns by up to 50 percent for both cultivars. (2015-05-27)

Going my way? We think so, if we really want to get there, NYU study finds
Whether we're buying a ticket to a movie, catching a train, or shopping for groceries, the more committed we are to achieving that goal, the more likely we are to assume others have exactly the same objective, a study by New York University researchers shows. (2015-05-18)

Beyond chicken fingers and fries: New evidence in favor of healthier kids' menus
New research in Obesity is first of its kind to look at ordering patterns and sales data following healthy menu changes. (2015-05-01)

Genetic road map may bring about better cotton crops
A University of Texas at Austin scientist, working with an international research team, has developed the most precise sequence map yet of US cotton and will soon create an even more detailed map for navigating the complex cotton genome. (2015-04-20)

Producing strawberries in high-pH soil at high elevations
Scientists designed an experiment with 16 strawberry cultivars planted in two perennial planting systems in New Mexico. The experiments evaluated strawberry tolerance to high-pH soil, and determined yield potential in high-pH soil of the high-elevation areas in the US Southwest. Results indicated that growers can produce certain varieties of strawberries in the challenging conditions. The study contains recommendations regarding the most tolerant strawberry cultivars for the conditions and region. (2015-04-06)

Eating fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues linked with poor semen quality
Men who ate fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach, and peppers, had lower sperm count and a lower percentage of normal sperm than those who ate produce with lower residue levels, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It is the first study to look at the connection between exposure to pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables and semen quality. (2015-03-30)

Measuring the marketing effectiveness of asking versus telling
Most marketing campaigns are centered around advertisements that feature statements as the way to convey a message to targeted consumers. New research finds a question mark has advertising value too -- but only under certain conditions. The findings focus on the difference that arousal makes between an advertisement that uses a question mark and one that uses a period. The takeaway for the marketing and advertising industry is to know where your message is being seen. (2015-03-09)

What was the 'Paleo diet'? There was far more than one, study suggests
The Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, a weight-loss craze in which people emulate the diet of plants and animals eaten by early humans during the Stone Age, gives modern calorie-counters great freedom because those ancestral diets likely differed substantially over time and space, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Kent State University. (2014-12-16)

Best treatments for allergic conditions? Some doctors don't even know
People who suffer from allergies want to keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding treatment, but it's not always easy. Some doctors don't even know fact from fiction when it comes to treating allergies. (2014-11-07)

ACP releases new recommendations to prevent recurrent kidney stones
In a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline published today in Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that people who have had a kidney stone increase their fluid intake to achieve at least two liters of urine per day to prevent another kidney stone from forming. If increased fluid intake fails to reduce the formation of stones, ACP recommends adding medication with a thiazide diuretic, citrate, or allopurinol. (2014-11-03)

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