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August 10, 2020

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An Easier Way to Go Veggie: Vitamin B12 Can Be Produced During Dough Fermentation

Grain-based materials fermented with Propionibacterium freudenreichii have enough vitamin B12 to be nutritionally significant. With the help of ...

Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens US Crop Yields

Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by a lack of pollinators, according to new research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. Most ...

Trends in Consolidation of US Agriculture With 35 Years of Data

Researchers presentsa detailed history of the consolidation of agriculture in the US based on 35 years of data, with implications for all sectors of agriculture moving forward. Data show a steady ...

Recycling Japanese Liquor Leftovers as Animal Feed Produces Happier Pigs and Tastier Pork

Tastier pork comes from pigs that eat the barley left over after making the Japanese liquor shochu. A team of professional brewers and academic ...
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Decline in Plant Breeding Programs Could Impact Food Security

A team of scientists led by a horticulture professor who leads a pome fruit (apples and pears) breeding program, found that public plant breeding programs are seeing decreases in funding and ...

Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture, the World's Fastest Growing Food Sector

As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity's appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg ...

Plant-Based Diets Shown to Lower Blood Pressure Even With Limited Meat and Dairy

Consuming a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure even if small amounts of meat and dairy are consumed too, according to new ...

Antioxidant-Rich Powders from Blueberry, Persimmon Waste Could Be Good for Gut Microbiota

Feeding the world's growing population in a sustainable way is no easy task. That's why scientists are exploring options for transforming fruit and vegetable byproducts -- such as peels or ...

Science Sweetens Stingless Bee Species Honey Health Claims

Examination of honey from five different stingless bee species across Neotropical and Indo-Australian regions has enabled for the first time the identification of the unusual disaccharide trehalulose ...

About 94 Per Cent of Wild Bee and Native Plant Species Networks Lost

Climate change and an increase in disturbed bee habitats from expanding agriculture and development in northeastern North America over the last 30 years are likely responsible for a 94 per cent loss ...

Space to Grow, or Grow in Space -- How Vertical Farms Could Be Ready to Take-Off

Vertical farms with their soil-free, computer-controlled environments may sound like sci-fi. But there is a growing environmental and economic case for them, according to new research laying out ...

Aquaculture's Role in Nutrition in the COVID-19 Era

A new paper examines the economics of an aquaculture industry of the future that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and nutritious for the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who depend on ...

Native Bees Also Facing Novel Pandemic

There is growing evidence that another 'pandemic' has been infecting bees around the world for the past two decades, and is spreading: a fungal pathogen known as ...

Born to Be a Cannibal: Genes for Feeding Behavior in Mandarin Fish Identified

Some mandarin fish species (Sinipercidae) are pure fish-eaters, which feed exclusively on living juvenile fish - also of their own species. A research team has described the genome of four mandarin ...

Higher Fruit, Vegetable and Whole Grain Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes

Higher consumption of fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods are associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to two new ...

Nutrients in Microalgae: An Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Fish

Microalgae could provide an alternative source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids for humans while also being more environmentally friendly to produce than popular fish species. The study offers an ...

Newly Discovered Pathogen in NY Apples Causes Bitter Rot Disease

In a study of New York state apple orchards, plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in ...

Influence of Insect and Microalgae Feeds on Meat Quality

Worldwide there is growing demand for animal products for human nutrition, despite the popularity of plant-based diets. This means more feed is needed for animals. Future feedstuffs will need to be ...

Sneaky Salmonella Finds a Backdoor Into Plants

Researchers have discovered that bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria have a backdoor to take advantage of humans' reliance on leafy greens for a healthy diet. They found that wild ...

Wild Bees Depend on the Landscape Structure

Sowing strips of wildflowers along conventional cereal fields and the increased density of flowers in organic farming encourage bumblebees as well as solitary wild bees and hoverflies. Bumblebee ...

The Gut Shields the Liver from Fructose-Induced Damage

After one consumes food or a beverage containing fructose, the gastrointestinal system, or gut, helps to shield the liver from damage by breaking down the sugar before it reaches the liver, according ...

Crop Residue Decisions Affect Soil Life

New findings share how prescribed fire and no-till management impact soil ...

Honeybee Lives Shortened After Exposure to Two Widely Used Pesticides

The lives of honeybees are shortened -- with evidence of physiological stress -- when they are exposed to the suggested application rates of two commercially available and widely used ...

Newly Discovered Plant Gene Could Boost Phosphorus Intake

Researchers have discovered an important gene in plants that could help agricultural crops collaborate better with underground fungi -- providing them with wider root networks and helping them to ...

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