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Tasting maple syrup, for science
The University of Vermont has opened a research (2006-03-17)

An artificial 'tongue' of gold to taste maple syrup
A chemistry professor at Université de Montréal has developed a new test using gold nanoparticles to establish the flavour profile of maple syrup and help producers evaluate its quality. (2020-05-05)

How fresh is your maple syrup?
The maple syrup that's tapped from the tree may not be as fresh as you think it is. (2015-12-07)

URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup
URI researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada that have been linked to human health, 13 of which are newly discovered in maple syrup. In addition, eight of the compounds have been found in the Acer (maple) family for the first time. (2010-03-21)

Could maple syrup from Canada be the next champion food?
There's more good news about pure maple syrup from the University of Rhode Island (URI). Researchers there have now identified 54 compounds in maple syrup from Canada, double the amount previously reported, and many with antioxidant activity and potential health benefits. In laboratory studies, they acted as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents. Initial studies also suggest that maple compounds may inhibit enzymes relevant in type 2 diabetes management. (2011-04-01)

Could maple syrup help cut use of antibiotics?
A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments by researchers at McGill University. The findings suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics could increase the microbes' susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic usage. (2015-04-16)

Could a pure maple syrup extract be tapped for better brain health?
As part of a two-day symposium at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, a group of international scientists shared promising results of 24 studies exploring the beneficial effects of natural products on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease. For the first time at this symposium, real maple syrup was included among the healthful, functional foods that show promise in protecting brain cells against the kind of damage found in Alzheimer's disease. (2016-03-14)

URI scientist discovers 54 beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup
A University of Rhode Island researcher has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health. (2011-03-30)

Study: Maple syrup production declines after big seed year
New research in the journal Forest Ecology and Management reveals a more valuable metric for understanding -- and even predicting -- syrup production: How many seed helicopters rained down from the trees the year before. (2014-11-03)

Can pure maple syrup help reduce chronic inflammation?
The first-ever global symposium, solely dedicated to sharing the latest scientific discoveries on the potential health benefits of 100 percent pure maple products from Canada, took place on April 2 in San Francisco at the 253rd annual meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). (2017-04-03)

Researchers identify molecule with anti-inflammatory properties in maple syrup
Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases could someday be treated with medication containing a molecule from maple syrup. Université Laval researchers demonstrated in a recent study that quebecol, a molecule found in maple syrup, has interesting properties for fighting the body's inflammatory response. (2015-12-22)

Innovative spout will increase maple production up to 90 percent
An innovative spout for maple syrup tapping developed by researchers at the University of Vermont will increase sap production by 50 to 90 percent per tree. The spout blocks bacterial backflow into the tree's tap hole, a pervasive phenomenon. Bacterial backflow stimulates the tree's wound response system and closes off the tap hole, ending sap flow. The new spout, which has over 1 million advance orders, will also mitigate the impact of global warming on the maple sugaring season. (2009-08-18)

Climate change study finds that maple syrup season may come earlier
Once winter nights dip below freezing and the days warm up above freezing sap begins to flow in sugar maples marking the start of the syrup season. With climate change, daily temperatures are on the rise, which affects sap flow and sugar content. By 2100, the maple syrup season in eastern North America may be one month earlier than it was during 1950 and 2017, according to a study published in Forest Ecology and Management (2019-09-20)

Studying climate change impact on maple syrup quality
As maple sugaring season approaches, plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition, and of sap from red maples, a species less sensitive to climate change. (2016-02-10)

Researchers uncover a potential new benefit of pure maple syrup on liver health
New research conducted at the University of Tokyo suggests that pure maple syrup may promote a healthy liver. The pilot study, conducted by Dr. Keiko Abe of the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, showed that healthy laboratory rats fed a diet in which some of the carbohydrate was replaced with pure maple syrup from Canada yielded significantly better results in liver function tests than the control groups. (2011-09-13)

Maple syrup protects neurons and nurtures young minds
Catherine Aaron and Gabrielle Beaudry were 17 when they knocked on the door of the laboratory of Alex Parker, a neuroscience researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). While students at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, they were looking for a mentor for an after-school research project. Two and half years later, the results of this scientific adventure were published today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (2016-04-13)

Sugar substitutes not so super sweet after all
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists. (2014-09-04)

Date syrup shows promise for fighting bacterial infections
Date syrup -- a thick, sweet liquid derived from dates that is widely consumed across the Middle East -- shows antibacterial activity against a number of disease-causing bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. (2015-03-30)

Effects of weather variability on maple syrup production studied
Some farmers in the United States and Canada have noticed that the quantity and quality of their maple syrup is changing with climate variability, said MSU Assistant Professor Selena Ahmed. Ahmed is co-leading a team of researchers who are investigating these observations. (2017-03-10)

New study rings alarm for sugar maple in Adirondacks
The iconic sugar maple, one of the most economically and ecologically important trees in the eastern United States and Canada, shows signs of being in a significant decline, according to research results published Oct. 21, 2015, in the open-access journal Ecosphere. (2015-10-21)

No more 'superbugs'? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action
Antibiotics save lives, but there is a downside to their ubiquity. High doses can kill healthy cells along with bacteria, while also spurring the creation of 'superbugs' that don't respond to known antibiotics. Now, researchers report a natural way that could reduce antibiotic use without sacrificing health: a maple syrup extract that increases the potency of these medicines. They present their work today at the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2017-04-02)

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
This month's tips include: Fertilizer, irrigation cause long-term contamination of soil and vegetables, Identification of bacteria in sap may make for better maple syrup and DNA vaccine may protect against smallpox. (2004-04-16)

Transplanting fat may be effective treatment for metabolic disease
Transplanting fat may treat such inherited metabolic diseases as maple syrup urine disease by helping the body process the essential amino acids that these patients cannot, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2013-09-11)

Waste not: Edible wax coating slicks liquids with ease
Colorado State University materials scientists have created a 'superhydrophobic' coating that easily slicks away viscous liquids like syrup, honey and ketchup. They detail the engineering feat in Applied Materials and Interfaces, published by the American Chemical Society. The paper describes synthesizing and testing coatings made from beeswax and carnauba wax, which are edible and nontoxic. (2016-08-03)

Pure fructose frequently confused with high fructose corn syrup
As researchers continue to examine the role of sweeteners in the diet, it's important that people understand the differences among various ingredients used in scientific studies, according to the Corn Refiners Association. Interchanging two distinctly different ingredients, such as pure fructose and high fructose corn syrup, creates factually incorrect conclusions and misleads consumers. (2009-03-04)

Pancakes with a side of math
The mechanisms behind sap exudation in sugar maple trees -- processes that trigger pressure differences causing sap to flow -- are a topic of much debate. In a paper published today in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors Maurizio Ceseri and John Stockie shed light on this subject by proposing a mathematical model for the essential physiological processes that drive sap flow. (2013-03-06)

Wood ash recycling program could help save Muskoka's forests and lakes
Implementing a new residential wood ash recycling program to restore calcium levels in Muskoka's forest soils and lakes could help replenish the area's dwindling supply of crayfish and maple sap, according to new research co-led by York University. (2019-03-28)

Scientists say consumers confused about sugars
Three top researchers corrected inaccuracies and misunderstandings concerning high fructose corn syrup's impact on the American diet. They also examined how the US Department of Agriculture considers this sweetener in light of the upcoming 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a session, (2009-06-08)

Honey may reduce injury in children who have swallowed button batteries
Ingestion of button batteries, which are frequently found in the household setting, can rapidly lead to caustic esophageal injury in infants and children. A new study published in The Laryngoscope found that drinking honey or Carafate® (a cherry- flavored duodenal ulcer prescription) may help reduce esophageal damage. (2018-06-12)

Are New England's iconic maples at risk?
Results from the first study of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in forests show that the invasive insect can easily spread from tree-lined city streets to neighboring forests. (2011-08-30)

Clues to trees' salt tolerance found in native habitat, leaf traits
Canyon maple was compared with bigleaf maple and eucalyptus to investigate whether salt tolerance can be inferred from observable cues based on woody species' native habitat and leaf traits. Results showed the potential to infer a degree of salt tolerance from either native habitat or known drought tolerance. Outcomes suggested canyon maple can be used in urban landscapes in the United States Intermountain West irrigated with reclaimed water with moderate or lower electrical conductivity. (2014-11-17)

Experts lay to rest long-held misconceptions about high fructose corn syrup at ILSI-USDA workshop
A supplement to be published in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition encourages the scientific community and the general public to stop demonizing high fructose corn syrup as the culprit of obesity and to rethink the myths about high fructose corn syrup's impact on the American diet. (2009-04-27)

Old remedy shows promise as new chemo drug for bladder cancer
An old home remedy called ipecac syrup, once stocked in medicine cabinets in case of accidental poisoning, is showing promise as a new chemotherapy drug for bladder cancer. A study has found that the active ingredient of ipecac syrup effectively inhibits the growth of bladder cancer cells, especially when combined with a standard chemotherapy drug. (2013-10-03)

Maple leaf extract could nip skin wrinkles in the bud
Maple trees are best known for their maple syrup and lovely fall foliage. But it turns out that the beauty of those leaves could be skin-deep -- and that's a good thing. Today, scientists report that an extract from the leaves may prevent wrinkles. The researchers will present their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2018-08-20)

Snowpack declines may stunt tree growth and forests' ability to store carbon emissions
Researchers conducting a 5-year-long study examining snow cover in a northern hardwood forest region found that projected changes in climate could lead to a 95 percent reduction of deep-insulating snowpack in forest areas across the northeastern United States by the end of the 21st century. The loss of snowpack would likely result in a steep reduction of forests' ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide and filter pollutants from the air and water. (2018-12-01)

Discovery: A new form of light
Scientists have discovered a new method to create fluorescent light that may have promising applications from LEDs to medical imaging. (2016-10-05)

Organic foods may be an unsuspected source of dietary arsenic
Organic brown rice syrup, a sweetening alternative to the high-fructose corn syrup, may be surreptitiously introducing arsenic in health foods. (2012-02-16)

International Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) Conference at Rutgers Newark
Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) researchers from around the world will convene at Rutgers-Newark for an (2002-04-26)

Earthworms could be a threat to biodiversity
The humble earthworm may be a threat to plant diversity in natural ecosystems, says a study just published by researchers from Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke. Their work found an association between the presence of these European-introduced invertebrates and reductions in the abundance of certain tree and other plant species in the understory of sugar maple forests in southern Québec (Canada). (2016-01-27)

Inconspicuous leaf beetles reveal environment's role in formation of new species
Unnoticed by the nearby residents of St. Johnsbury, Vt., tiny leaf beetles that flit among the maple and willow trees in the area have just provided some of the clearest evidence yet that environmental factors play a major role in the formation of new species. (2009-10-30)

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