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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)

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)

Strawberries activate protection protein to prevent cardiovascular disease
Scientists at the University of Warwick have been studying the beneficial effects of strawberries on our cardiovascular health, particularly around how they prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes. (2012-07-04)

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: https://youtu.be/noaec9-BmwU. (2015-08-03)

Red alert: Wild strawberries may reduce cancer risk
We've all seen the term (2007-12-02)

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)

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)

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)

Low-maintenance strawberry may be good crop to grow in space
Astronauts could one day tend their own crops on long space missions, and Purdue University researchers have found a healthy candidate to help satisfy a sweet tooth -- a strawberry that requires little maintenance and energy. (2010-05-03)

Hydrocooling shows promise for reducing strawberry weight loss, bruising
Strawberries are very fragile and highly susceptible to mechanical injury during commercial production and must be harvested when they are ripe to minimize bruising. Collaborative research from scientists in Brazil and the University of Florida proved that strawberries had different responses to compression and impact forces based on pulp temperature. Fruit at low temperature were more resistant to compression, while fruit at higher temperatures were more resistant to impact. (2010-04-15)

Strawberries lower cholesterol
A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduced significantly, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists. (2014-02-25)

Strawberries protect the stomach from alcohol
In an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the study may contribute to improving the treatment of stomach ulcers. (2011-10-25)

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)

Breeding a better strawberry
An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University have sequenced and analyzed the genome of the cultivated strawberry, which will provide a genetic roadmap to help more precisely select desired traits. (2019-02-25)

Strawberries may slow precancerous growth in esophagus
Freeze-dried strawberries may be an alternative to drugs for the prevention of esophageal cancer, according to research presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held here April 2-6. (2011-04-06)

Study finds commercial organic farms have better fruit and soil, lower environmental impact
Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse. The study is among the most comprehensive of its kind, analyzing 31 chemical and biological soil properties, soil DNA, and the taste, nutrition and quality of three strawberry varieties on more than two dozen commercial fields -- 13 conventional and 13 organic. (2010-09-01)

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)

Fighting the crave for fattening food? Just surround yourself in its scent
A new study proves one sense can compensate another. (2019-01-16)

Where do the best strawberries grow?
Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other insects. Hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. A team from the University of Göttingen investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might affect the pollination of strawberries. In fact, both the weight and the quality of strawberries increased when plants were at hedgerows or hedgerows next to forests. The results were published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. (2019-02-04)

Want whiter teeth? Fruit mixture is not the answer
It may seem like an all-natural way to whiten teeth, but an University of Iowa study shows that a strawberry and baking soda mixture does little beyond cleaning those choppers. The main reason: Strawberries lack the chemicals known to cause deeper, longer lasting teeth whitening. Results appear in the journal Operative Dentistry. (2014-10-14)

Organically grown foods higher in cancer-fighting chemicals than conventionally grown foods
Fruits and veggies grown organically show significantly higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than conventionally grown foods, according to a new study of corn, strawberries and marionberries. The research suggests that pesticides and herbicides actually thwart the production of phenolics -- chemicals that act as a plant's natural defense and also happen to be good for our health. (2003-03-03)

Organic farming improves pollination success in strawberries
Converting conventional farms to organic results in fewer malformed berries. (2012-02-15)

Strawberries, blueberries may cut heart attack risk in women
Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits. (2013-01-14)

Scientists hope to create robot strawberry pickers
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK's Measurement Institute, have developed an imaging technology which can identify the ripeness of strawberries before they are picked. The developers now hope to work with the agricultural industry to turn it into fruit picking robots that will reduce food waste and improve productivity. (2011-10-19)

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety
Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than others and to what extent cultivation or preparation methods are involved. (2018-07-13)

Strawberry extract protects against UVA rays
An experiment has shown that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA. Developed by a team of Italian and Spanish researchers, the study opens the door to the creation of photoprotective cream made from strawberries. (2012-08-03)

Fruit science: Switching between repulsion and attraction
A team of researchers based at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich and the Technical University of Munich has shown how temporal control of a single gene solves two problems during fruit ripening in strawberry. (2013-10-07)

NHAES scientists share in $10 milion USDA research grant
New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station scientists at the University of New Hampshire are among those who have been awarded a $10 million, five-year federal grant to develop and apply modern DNA-based tools to deliver new cultivated varieties of rosaceous crops such as apples, peaches, strawberries, and cherries with superior product quality and disease resistance. (2014-10-08)

Early-season strawberry tested in high elevation conditions
Researchers in Utah investigated the use of high tunnels to lengthen the growing season for June-bearing strawberries. The study compared vertical and in-ground high tunnel strawberry production when planting dates were optimized for each system. Results indicated that high tunnels can provide an effective and economical system for extending the season for strawberries in the Intermountain West region in the United States. The study contains production and market data to help growers maximize strawberry yields. (2011-06-22)

An international study in China finds strawberries may slow precancerous growth in the esophagus
Eating strawberries may be a way to help people at risk of esophageal cancer protect themselves from the disease, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) and researchers in China. (2011-04-06)

Scientists find organic farms have higher quality fruit, better soil, lower environmental impact
Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse. (2010-09-01)

Strawberry daiquiris -- the extra-healthy cocktail?
While exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage, researchers from Thailand and the US discovered that treating the berries with alcohol led to an increase in antioxidant capacity and free radical scavenging activity within the fruit. While such a boost helped the berries resist decay, the same compounds would also be expected to make the strawberries healthier to eat. (2007-04-19)

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)

Berries keep your brain sharp
A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that a high intake of flavonoid rich berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by 2.5 years. (2012-04-26)

Analysis of fresh strawberries reveals consumer preferences
Researchers interested in learning more about consumer preferences for strawberries determined that (2009-02-26)

Jumping genes drive sex chromosome changes in strawberries
The discovery shows that plant sex regions can 'jump' and indicates that the phenomenon may be adaptive by gathering and locking new genes into linkage with sex. (2018-09-10)

Algorithm could streamline harvesting of hand-picked crops
Richard Sowers, a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering and mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a team of students have developed an algorithm that promises to give valuable information to farmers of crops picked by hand. (2018-03-13)

Prices at the push of a button
Changing the prices on supermarket shelves often involves a lot of running around for the employees. A system of networked displays enables prices to be updated quickly and at any time from a central computer. (2008-04-11)

Strawberry fields ripe for the picking
A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Utah State University, and the US Department of Agriculture compared three different strawberry production systems over a two-year period (2003-2004) to determine which system was preferred by consumers who frequented pick-your-own farms. (2007-12-06)

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)

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