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Black raspberries a potentially powerful agent in fight against colon cancer
A potentially powerful biological weapon -- a mix of compounds suspected of thwarting colon cancer -- hides deep inside the juicy sweetness of a black raspberry. If it can be harnessed, it could play a major role in preventing the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. A new study shows that rats that were injected with a cancer-causing agent and then fed a berry-rich diet had 80 percent fewer malignant tumors. (2002-05-01)

Tomato ripening gene could make store tomatoes tastier
Scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Inc., at Cornell University, and the U.S.D.A have discovered a gene that controls ripening in tomatoes. (Science, April 12, 2002) (2002-04-11)

It's a wrap: A new way to eat those fruits and vegetables
An edible film wrap made from fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, broccoli, oranges and carrots, could be used to keep other produce and veggies, baked goods, confectioneries and perhaps even meat, stay fresher longer. The research will be presented at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies in Honolulu. (2000-12-15)

UF scientists trick strawberry plants into producing early crop
By tricking strawberry plants into acting like spring has arrived, University of Florida scientists are helping North Florida growers produce a crop in November when market prices are high and other U.S. production areas are not harvesting fruit. (2000-10-12)

Food poisoning bugs thrive in crop sprays
Eating fresh fruit may make you sick. Researchers in Canada have discovered that pesticide sprays encourage life- threatening bacteria to grow on crops, which could pose a threat to people eating raw fruit and vegetables. (2000-10-03)

Bees deliver fungicide more effectively than sprays, study finds
Researchers have found that bees can deliver a biological fungicide to strawberry blooms more effectively than can mechanical sprayers. The bees walk through a 'foot bath' - composed of an anti-fungal microorganism - when they exit the hive, eventually depositing the fungicide on strawberry flowers. (2000-09-20)

New UF study shows value of folate for older women
In a new study, the first ever to measure the amount of folate needed by older women, University of Florida nutritionists say consuming folate-rich foods daily can benefit women well into their golden years. (2000-05-21)

UF researchers develops new strawberry varieties
Florida strawberry growers soon will have not one but two new varieties to choose from in planting their crops. University of Florida strawberry breeder Craig Chandler released Earlibrite and Strawberry Festival this month, following extensive field trials in which the berries performed well under typical growing conditions. (2000-02-23)

Two new culprits cause strawberry blight
Until now, blossom blight of strawberries in California has been mostly attributed to the fungus Botrytis cinerea. However, UC scientists have discovered that more than one organism is responsible. Their investigation has revealed that a new fungus and the bacterium Xanthomonas fragariae also cause the disease. (1999-08-13)

American Heart Association media advisory: long-term intake of dietary fiber and decreased risk of coronary heart disease among women
A paper scheduled for publication in the June 2 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that eating a diet high in fiber, specifically cereal fiber, can help reduce a woman's risk of heart attack. (1999-06-01)

Treated Clothing Detoxifies Pesticides
Clothes may soon be able to protect agricultural workers, or even weekend gardeners, from more than the sun. Scientists at UC - Davis say they have made cotton fabrics with built-in pesticide detoxifiers. Clothes made with the new material could be cleaned and the detoxifying chemicals reactivated simply by washing them with bleach. (1999-03-23)

UC Scientists Search For Alternatives For Methyl Bromide
Methyl bromide solves an array of problems for farmers. When American usage of the chemical is banned in 2004, this extremely effective broad-spectrum pesticide will be replaced with a variety of alternatives. The alternatives are now being studied by University of California scientists. (1998-12-07)

Eating Berries Can Help Lower LDL Cholesterol
Fresh berries can significantly reduce the buildup of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, a culprit that contributes to heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis, a form of arteriosclerosis, according to an international team of scientists writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (1998-10-02)

Finding The Garden Of Youth: New Study Shows Spinach, Strawberries Protect Against Age-Related Brain Decline
Fruits and veggies are known to protect against cancer and heart disease. Now, for the first time, animal research shows that they also prevent the natural decline in brain function that comes with old-age. (1998-09-28)

The USDA Develops Devices To Help Distribute Pest-Busters Around Fields
Farmers may soon be firing clay pigeon devices full of wasps around their fields to help control the pests that devastate their crops. The US Department of Agriculture, in California, is developing two devices which will be faster, cheaper alternatives to spreading the insects by hand. (1998-08-19)

Statisticians Cut The Tennis Commentators Down To Size
Dutch statisticians have given the truisms of tennis a real pounding. Experts from Tilburg University have analysed scoring patterns from 481 Wimbledon matches over 4 successive years. Their statistics found that many of the tennis commentator's clich├ęs have no basis infact. (1998-06-24)

IFT Announces 1998 Food Science Journalism Award Winners
Three journalists will be honored for excellence in food science reporting at the Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT's) 1998 Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO in Atlanta June 20. One winning story in each category (newspaper, consumer magazine, and television) was selected by a panel of judges based on compelling interest, sound science, effective communication, and good balance. (1998-06-01)

Study At UNC-CH Shows Chlorinated Water Dramatically Cuts Strawberry Contamination
Washing strawberries with chlorinated water significantly cuts levels of bacteria, hepatitis A virus and other viruses that indicate possible contamination by animal or human wastes, according to a new study. (1998-05-21)

Phase Out Planned For One Of Top Five U.S. Pesticides, Plant Doctors Respond
Plant pathologists respond to the planned phaseout of methyl bromide production and use by creatively working to develop effective alternatives. Methyl bromide is widely used in agriculture as a fumigant to control soilborne pathogens and has been classified as a potent ozone depletor. (1998-02-17)

Newly Identified Tomato Gene Appears Key To Fruit Softening
A gene linked to plant cell elongation also appears to play a key role in fruit ripening and might be useful for engineering hardier varieties of perishable fruit. University of California, Davis, researchers, who identified the gene, report their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (1997-05-27)

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