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Apples or fries
There has been a lot of enthusiasm for nudging individuals to eat better without restricting choice by making healthy foods more visible, attractive, and convenient. One such effort is for restaurants to serve meals with a default healthy side, such as sliced apples instead of fries, while still allowing the customer to opt out of the healthy side in favor of their preferred side dish. (2016-05-06)

Popular apple variety harbors unusual cell growth
A scientist has discovered callus hair growth while imaging Fuji apples. The finding has implications for storage, allergenicity, phytonutrient content and authenticity. (2008-03-25)

An apple a day could keep obesity away
Scientists at Washington State University have concluded that nondigestible compounds in apples -- specifically, Granny Smith apples -- may help prevent disorders associated with obesity. The study, thought to be the first to assess these compounds in apple cultivars grown in the Pacific Northwest, appears in October's print edition of the journal Food Chemistry. (2014-09-29)

Found -- the apple gene for red
CSIRO researchers have located the gene that controls the color of apples -- a discovery that may lead to bright new apple varieties. (2006-11-30)

Protecting apples from disease
Washington's famous apple industry brought in $1.4 billion in 2006, but a disease is cutting into those profits. Lenticel breakdown disorder, known as LB, creates brown spots and indentations most commonly on the 'Gala' variety of apple, but these signs don't show up until after apples are harvested, stored, and processed. Time and materials are spent on fruit that can't be sold, and if a shipment goes out before symptoms are detected, the reputation of the grower is jeopardized. (2009-02-17)

Naturally-occurring apple compounds reduce risk of pancreatic cancer
Eating flavonol-rich foods like apples may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, especially in smokers. (2007-10-03)

Apples grow larger when cells don't divide, study shows
Peter Hirst, a Purdue University associate professor of horticulture, found that an anomaly in some Gala apple trees causes some apples to grow much larger than others because cells aren't splitting. The findings, reported in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany, showed that the new variety, called Grand Gala, is about 38 percent heavier and has a diameter 15 percent larger than regular Galas. (2010-06-30)

One bad apple: Consumers prefer perfect produce
A research study published in the Oct. 2007 issue of HortScience found that consumers don't like blemishes -- on apples, that is. The study of consumer values led by Chengyan Yue, PhD, assistant professor of horticultural science and applied economics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, found that low tolerance for cosmetically damaged apples impacts consumers' purchasing decisions. (2007-12-02)

Apples, apple juice shown to prevent early atherosclerosis
Long-term consumption of antioxidant-rich apples and apple juice may prevent atherosclerosis, according to researchers from France. (2008-05-02)

Consumers willing to pay more for locally grown apples
Researchers in Vermont investigated consumer valuation of (2010-09-20)

Kazak apple research key to preventing blue mold
Blue mold, caused by the fungus Penicillium expansum, is the scourge of apple breeders and producers throughout the world, causing extensive losses to stored apples. As the familiar saying goes, one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch -- good fruit stored in containers with decaying fruit often absorbs a moldy odor and flavor. (2008-09-28)

Apple peel appeal
Apples, long been associated with good health, contain anthocyanins, important antioxidants that give the peels their red coloring. One variety of apple called (2009-02-17)

Consumers choose locally grown and environmentally friendly apples
When asked to compare apples to apples, consumers said they would pay more for locally grown apples than genetically modified (GMO) apples. But in a second questionnaire consumers preferred GMO apples -- that is, when they were described, not as GMO, but as having a Reduced Environmental Impact. The research conducted by University of Illinois economist Michael Mazzocco and Augustana College marketing professor Nadia Novotorova demonstrated that product labeling makes a difference when it comes to consumer acceptance. (2009-11-23)

Oxygen trick could see organic costs tumble
A simple, cheap treatment using just oxygen could allow growers to store organic produce for longer and go a long way towards reducing the price of organic fruit and vegetables. One of the major contributing factors affecting the price is the short shelf life of organic produce. Losses can be high during storage. Conventional produce can be treated with inexpensive chemicals to aid preservation. (2007-06-10)

Apple consumption during pregnancy reduces risk for childhood wheezing and asthma
Compelling new research has concluded that mothers who eat apples during pregnancy may protect their children from developing asthma and wheezing later in life. (2007-04-05)

Listeria can grow on unrefrigerated caramel apples
Caramel apples punctured with dipping sticks and left unrefrigerated over the course of a couple of weeks may harbor a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes, according to a study published this week in mBio, an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2015-10-13)

An apple peel a day might keep cancer at bay
Cornell researchers have identified a dozen compounds in apple peel that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures. Three of the compounds have not previously been described in the literature. (2007-06-01)

Red delicious, Northern Spy apples have most antioxidants, chemists find
Red Delicious, Northern Spy and Ida Red contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than other apples studied, Canadian researchers say. They also pinpoint the individual chemical compounds responsible for antioxidant activity in apples. The findings could lead to the breeding of hybrid apples that pack a heftier antioxidant punch. The report appears in the June 29 issue of the American Chemical Society's peer-reviewed Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (2005-05-20)

Can branding improve school lunches?
This study shows that branding of food, such as putting a sticker on an apple, can improve the attractiveness of healthier food and nudge children to make better food choices. Kids nearly doubled their apple choice if a familiar character, like Elmo, had been stickered onto the fruit. There was no such effect when the same had been done to a cookie or when an unfamiliar character had been placed on the apple. (2012-08-28)

Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease
In a study of New York state apple orchards, Cornell University plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples. (2020-07-06)

Apple Browning Significantly Delayed In USDA Tests
U.S. government scientists have come up with a way to keep apples from turning brown for up to five weeks after they've been sliced or peeled. The new technique, which uses natural products and doesn't require special packaging, could eventually have a major impact on the marketability of fresh- cut fruit. (1999-01-11)

Preserving the best qualities of 'Honeycrisp' apples
A study assessed potential impacts on grower profits when crop load management of 'Honeycrisp' apples is not optimal. Results showed that growers would realize a loss of $5,332/acre if production size of 48-88 count per 40-lb box decreased by 5 percent and the size of 100-163 count/box increased by 5 percent. The study also showed consumers were willing to pay an average of $0.12/lb more for a one-unit increase in soluble solids concentration in 'Honeycrisp.' (2015-10-20)

UC Davis researchers reveal apples' protective ways
Doctors have long been encouraging Americans to add more fruits and vegetables to their daily diets. Now, UC Davis researchers have discovered one way in which flavonoid-rich apples inhibit the kinds of cellular activity that leads to the development of chronic diseases, including heart disease and age-related cancers. (2006-05-17)

How crop load density affects apple juice, hard cider quality
'York' apple trees were hand-thinned to different crop loads to assess the impact on hard cider chemistry. Total polyphenol content in juice did not differ among fruits at harvest, but, after fermentation, medium crop load had 27 percent, and high crop load had 37 percent greater total polyphenol content than low crop load. Yeast assimilable nitrogen concentration in juice from low crop load was 18 percent and 22 percent greater than the medium and high crop load, respectively. (2016-11-28)

Research reveals promising technology to expand hard cider industry
A new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that mechanical harvesting of cider apples can provide labor and cost savings without affecting fruit, juice, or cider quality. The study, published in the journal HortTechnology in October, is one of several studies focused on cider apple production in Washington State. It was conducted in response to growing demand for hard cider apples in the state and the nation. (2014-11-13)

Researchers observe evolution chain reaction
A team of researchers are reporting the ongoing emergence of a new species of fruit fly -- and the sequential development of a new species of wasp -- in the February 6 issue of the journal Science. (2009-02-05)

Comparing apples and pears
Pears and apples contain air pathways to (2008-07-10)

UMass Amherst food scientist will study pesticides in and on fresh produce
Food scientist and analytical chemist Lili He at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a three-year, $473,628 grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study mechanisms of how chemical pesticides, applied both systemically and to the surface, penetrate fresh produce and move into plant tissues, and how this may affect food safety for consumers. (2015-12-04)

UBC research discovers a chemical-free way to keep apples fresher longer
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the mold on it could make you sick. Rhiannon Wallace, a PhD candidate at UBC Okanagan's campus, has developed a way to stop, or at least control, blue mold -- a pathogen that can rot an apple to its core. Wallace's research has determined that bacteria, originally isolated from cold Saskatchewan soils, may be the answer to preventing mold growth and apple rot while the fruit is in storage or transport. (2017-09-13)

Antimicrobial resistance poses increasing problem for growers
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but apples themselves are often the victims of disease. In the past, growers have used antimicrobial compounds (or antibiotics as they're more commonly known) to control fire blight, a common bacterial disease plaguing apples. But antimicrobial compounds are becoming less effective as microorganisms develop resistance to them. (2001-08-24)

The characteristics of apples and ciders in the Basque Country
The aim of the work taken up in this Report is to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge about the factors that affect the quality of cider produced in the Basque Country. (2005-09-23)

Compounds from apples may boost brain function
Natural compounds found in apples and other fruits may help stimulate the production of new brain cells, which may have implications for learning and memory, according to a new study in mice published in Stem Cell Reports. (2021-02-11)

Apple consumers reap heart-health benefits thanks to flavonoid content, says new research
A new study of more than 34,000 women, published in the March 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found flavonoid-rich apples were found to be one of three foods that decrease the risk of mortality for both coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) among post-menopausal women. (2007-03-15)

Reflective film can boost profits for apple growers
It's long been known that consumers choose apples based on fruit color. Apple producers recognize that clear days and cool nights are ideal growing conditions for apples to develop bright red colors. Scientists in Spain examined the effects of covering orchard floors with reflective films on fruit color, fruit quality, and profitability. The research showed that the use of films increased fruit size and color and can result in increased profits for apple growers. (2009-11-03)

Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market
A study of a 'Brown Snout' cider apples compared total harvested fruit weight, labor hours, tree and fruit damage, and fruit and juice quality for machine harvest and hand harvest. Results showed the machine harvester used four times less labor than hand harvest, yield reached 87 percent that of hand harvest, and juice quality characteristics were not negatively affected, suggesting that machine harvest may be suitable for cider apples if equipment is available and affordable. (2014-12-08)

In flurry of studies, researcher details role of apples in inhibiting breast cancer
Six studies published in the past year by a Cornell researcher add to growing evidence that an apple a day -- as well as daily helpings of other fruits and vegetables -- can help keep the breast-cancer doctor away. (2009-02-17)

Adults who eat apples, drink apple juice have lower risk for metabolic syndrome
Adults who eat apples, apple juice and applesauce have a significantly reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems that are linked to numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (2008-04-08)

Study: An apple a day lowers level of blood chemical linked to hardening of the arteries
Eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. (2012-10-02)

Minimizing post-harvest food losses
Research team from Graz, Austria, develops biological methods to improve the shelf life of fruit and vegetables. (2019-11-07)

Sensory information underpins abstract knowledge
What we learn through our senses drives how knowledge is sorted in our brains, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. (2020-03-09)

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