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Environmental effects of cold-climate strawberry farming
California and Florida grow more than 95 percent of the nation's strawberries but how do growing methods designed to ensure successful strawberry production in colder climates affect the environment? The conventional matted row system was compared to another system, cold-climate plasticulture. Both rely on fumigation and pesticides to protect plants. This has led to the develo. Results indicate that AMR is more environmentally sustainable. (2009-09-04)

UK researchers contribute to sequencing strawberry genome
A consortium of researchers working across five continents, including BBSRC-funded scientists in the UK, has published the genome of the wild strawberry. The research, published Dec. 26 in the journal Nature Genetics will help strawberry breeders to develop disease resistance and improve fruit quality to benefit consumers. (2010-12-26)

Organic and sustainable foods have more polyphenolics linked to health benefits
Organically or sustainably grown berries and corn contain up to 58 percent more polyphenolics, natural antioxidants that are a natural defense for plants and may be good for our health, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis. (2003-03-07)

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)

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)

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)

Average shoppers are willing to pay a premium for locally produced food
Research suggests the average supermarket shopper will pay a premium price for locally produced foods, providing some farmers an attractive option to enter a niche market that could boost their revenues. The study showed that shoppers at farm markets would pay almost twice as much extra as retail grocery shoppers for the same locally produced foods. Both kinds of shoppers also will pay more for guaranteed fresh produce and tend to favor buying food produced by small farms over what they perceive as corporate operations. (2008-06-03)

Attention chocolate lovers: More evidence your favorite treat is good for the heart
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a report published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says that chocolate is good for your heart. (2003-01-31)

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)

The prospects of american strawberries
A team of 12 researchers from 10 different states embarked on an academic journey designed to generate an effective guideline essential for research, policy, and marketing strategies for the strawberry industry across the country, and to enable the development of general and region-specific educational and production tools. (2019-02-15)

Strawberries could help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon
Inflammatory bowel disease is a set of painful conditions that can cause severe diarrhea and fatigue. Researchers are now reporting that a simple dietary intervention could mitigate colonic inflammation and improve gut health. In this case, a strawberry -- or rather, less than a cupful of strawberries -- a day could help keep the doctor away. The researchers will present their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2018-08-20)

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)

A natural chemical found in strawberries boosts memory in healthy mice
Fisetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid commonly found in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables, stimulates signaling pathways that enhance long-term memory, report researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in this week's online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2006-10-17)

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)

Researchers find link between blueberries, grapes and apples and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
Eating more whole fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes and apples, is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, with greater fruit juice consumption having an adverse effect, a paper published today on bmj.com suggests. (2013-08-29)

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)

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)

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)

Material-independent nanocoating antimicrobial spray extends the shelf life of produce
The research team led by Professor Insung Choi of the Department of Chemistry developed a sprayable nanocoating technique using plant-derived polyphenol that can be applied to any surface. This new nanocoating process can be completed in seconds to form nanometer-thick films, allowing for the coating of commodity goods, such as shoe insoles and fruits, in a controlled fashion. (2017-08-10)

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)

First strawberry genome sequence promises better berries
An international team of researchers, including several from the University of New Hampshire, have completed the first DNA sequence of any strawberry plant, giving breeders much-needed tools to create tastier, healthier strawberries. Tom Davis, professor of biological sciences at UNH, and postdoctoral researcher Bo Liu were significant contributors to the genome sequence of the woodland strawberry, which was published last month in the journal Nature Genetics. (2011-01-10)

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)

UCSB localizing fruit, vegetable consumption doesn't solve environmental, health issues
To David Cleveland, a professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, it seemed as though Santa Barbara County would be a great example of what many are advocating as a solution to the problems of a conventional agrifood network -- a local food system. (2011-05-19)

First study on physical properties of giant cancer cells may inform new treatments
Giant cancer cells are much larger and stiffer than other cancer cells and move further, study shows. (2018-08-13)

Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure
Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University. (2011-01-14)

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)

Fruits, vegetables and teas may protect smokers from lung cancer, UCLA researchers report
Tobacco smokers who eat three servings of fruits and vegetables per day and drink green or black tea may be protecting themselves from lung cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by UCLA cancer researchers. (2008-05-28)

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 clichés have no basis infact. (1998-06-24)

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
This press release contains information for the following articles: Combined testing methods may rapidly detect hepatitis A in strawberry and green onion rinses; Antimicrobial peptides from amphibian skin may inhibit transmission of HIV; New method for simultaneously detecting staphylococcal and botulinum toxins in food. (2005-09-15)

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)

Healthy fruits, vegetables highlight joint medical, agricultural research meet in Texas
Nutritionists, medical researchers and agricultural scientists will convene in College Station, Texas, June 6 for (2006-05-25)

Norovirus in food outlets to be mapped for the first time
The University of Liverpool is leading a £2 million Food Standards Agency project to map the occurrence of norovirus in food premises and industry workers. (2014-04-23)

OSU helps decode strawberry genome in bid to improve fruit
Researchers at Oregon State University have helped sequence the genome of a wild strawberry, laying the groundwork for genetic improvements to related fruits like apples, peaches and pears. (2010-12-26)

New research suggests choosing different fruits and vegetables may increase phytonutrient intake
A study, supported by the Nutrilite Health Institute and presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting, April 25, in Anaheim, Calif., found that despite the availability of a wide range of foods that contain phytonutrients, many Americans are getting phytonutrients from a relatively small number of specific foods, which are not necessarily the most concentrated sources. (2010-04-26)

Understanding and nourishing the roots of food quality
The work of The Organic Center will be featured in a session at the AAAS meeting sponsored by the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. This session is entitled (2006-02-20)

Entomologist recognized for exceptional service to California's vegetable industry
John Trumble, a distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Oscar Lorenz Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in research and/or extension education benefiting the California vegetable industry. (2013-11-26)

UNH researchers extend N.H. growing season for strawberries
Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length of the Granite State's strawberry growing season as part of a multi-year research project that aims to benefit both growers and consumers. (2017-07-10)

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)

Researcher discovers pathway plants use to fight back against pathogens
Plants are not only smart, but they also wage a good fight, according to a University of Missouri biochemist. Previous studies have shown that plants can sense attacks by pathogens and activate their defenses. However, it has not been known what happens between the pathogen attacks and the defense activation, until now. A new MU study revealed a very complex process that explains how plants counter attack pathogens. This discovery could potentially lead to crops with enhanced disease resistance. (2008-03-31)

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)

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