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Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 07.11.2019
How healthy is your meal kit meal?
Popular commercial meal kit subscription services assessed for nutritional quality were found to provide adequate serves of core foods such as vegetables - but there was room to improve to meet dietary guidelines. With many people spending less time cooking and more time eating out and ordering takeaways, the food industry has adapted by introducing commercial meal kit subscription services that deliver recipes and fresh, pre-measured ingredients direct to people's doors.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 01.11.2019
Perfectly Raw or Cooked to Perfection? How Food Preparation Affects the Gut Microbiome
Perfectly Raw or Cooked to Perfection? How Food Preparation Affects the Gut Microbiome
Study reveals intriguing first look at differences caused by eating raw vs cooked meat and vegetables The gut microbiome undergoes rapid and dramatic changes in species composition and gene expression when the host switches between eating cooked or raw vegetables, according to a team of scientists led by UC San Francisco and Harvard University.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.10.2019
Deepest look yet at brewer’s yeasts reveals the diversity harnessed by humans
Thousands of years ago, as humans tamed wild animals and plants into livestock and crops, their penchant for intoxication also led them to unwittingly domesticate a hidden workhorse of civilization: yeast. Today, Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the bedrock of food cultures around the world. The yeast turns flour into bread and sugary drinks into beer and wine.

Agronomy / Food Science - 18.10.2019
Top ways travellers try to beat jetlag
A study of passengers travelling on long haul Qantas flights provides an insight into the ways travellers are trying to minimise feelings of jetlag. The research is part of ongoing studies the airline is conducting with the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre to identify evidence-based methods to reduce fatigue.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.10.2019
Biodiversity Improves Crop Production
Biodiversity Improves Crop Production
10/17/2019 Around 20 percent of the world's agricultural areas yields less than it did 20 years ago. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, humans are the culprit: we have not done enough to protect biodiversity. In many respects, nature is an outstanding service provider for agriculture.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 10.10.2019
More evidence needed to assess impact of soda taxes
Recent nationwide polls show Americans are divided about soda taxes. Overall, people tend to be more supportive of calorie-labeling and removing sugary drinks from schools, but less so for a general soda tax. It is important to gather enough evidence to inform meaningful public policy debates, as well as ensure that the evidence clearly shows soda taxes can reduce consumption and improve health outcomes before implementing them, according to a new report from the Center for Public Finance at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 07.10.2019
To fight effects of sleep deprivation, reach for healthy snacks
In a study of 245 Stanford physicians, researchers found that a better diet is associated with reduced side effects of sleep deprivation. Nutrition scientist   Maryam Hamidi , PhD, conducted research recently which required her to repeatedly stay awake from 8 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next day.

Agronomy / Food Science - 04.10.2019
People eat more when dining with friends and family
People eat more with friends and family than when dining alone - a possible throwback to our early ancestors' approach to survival, according to a new study. Previous studies found that those eating with others ate up to 48 per cent more food than solo diners and women with obesity eating socially consumed up to 29 per cent more than when eating alone.

Agronomy / Food Science - Psychology - 02.10.2019
Leading with flavor encourages healthy eating
Most people want to eat healthier, but efforts to encourage healthy eating by providing nutrition information have not changed habits much. A new study suggests that labels emphasizing taste and positive experience could help. Eating well isn't always easy, and the reality is simply telling people which foods to avoid doesn't do much to get them to eat better.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 19.09.2019
Dry run for cropping systems
Dry run for cropping systems
Globe magazine , News By: Michael Keller To safeguard the long-term future of agricultural production in Switzerland, ETH and Agroscope are investigating how resistant the country's crop­ping systems are to drought. The heatwave of 2018 was yet another warning to both farmers and the public on the effects of climate change: in the future, Switzerland will see less and less rain during the summer months.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 03.09.2019
The genome of the pea assembled for the first time
The genome of the pea assembled for the first time
An international team * led by researchers from INRA and CEA managed to assemble the first sequence of the pea genome. This study, published on September 2, 2019 , will, in addition to increasing knowledge of this genome compared to that of other legumes, help to improve traits of interest for peas, such as disease resistance, regularity of yield and nutritional value.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 16.08.2019
Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?
Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?
Plants can tell the time, and this affects their responses to certain herbicides used in agriculture according to new research led by the University of Bristol. The study, in collaboration with Syngenta, found that plant circadian rhythms regulate the sensitivity of plants to a widely used herbicide according to the time of day.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 07.08.2019
Scientists serve up a nutrition revolution
A group of scientists has called for nutrition to be declared a national science and research priority and for the establishment of a ‘trusted voice' to provide credible evidence-based nutritional information. The University of Queensland's Professor Mike Gidley , who chairs the National Committee for Nutrition established by the Australian Academy of Sciences , said nutrition was of critical importance to enable Australians to lead more productive lives.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 22.07.2019
"Breakthrough" grants awarded to two agriculture researchers at UW-Madison
Two of 10 new federal grants aimed at "leapfrogging" technologies to improve food security were awarded to scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. With estimates of future population exceeding 10 billion, agriculture needs radical improvements to improve yield and combat drought, flood and pests.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 02.07.2019
Irrigated farming in Wisconsin’s Central Sands cools the region’s climate
New research finds that irrigated farms within Wisconsin's vegetable-growing Central Sands region significantly cool the local climate compared to nearby rain-fed farms or forests. Irrigation dropped maximum temperatures by one to three degrees Fahrenheit on average while increasing minimum temperatures up to four degrees compared to unirrigated farms or forests.

Agronomy / Food Science - 21.06.2019
Could a Mediterranean diet and exercise reduce dementia risk?
Researchers at the University of Birmingham are searching for volunteers to take part in a new study to see whether eating a Mediterranean-style diet and being more physically active could improve brain function and reduce dementia risk. A Mediterraneanstyle diet is rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes, wholegrain cereals, fish and olive oil with limited intake of dairy foods, red meat and confectionary, such as sweet pastries.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 13.06.2019
Reducing soft drink consumption effectively
The negative effects of sugary drinks have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to call on politicians, business leaders and society as a whole to design and implement effective ways to wean consumers off their predilection for soft drinks and to support healthier beverage choices. But what measures are most likely to reduce soft-drink consumption? In collaboration with the Cochrane Network, researchers based at TUM and LMU set out to answer this question.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 12.06.2019
The natural lipids in buttermilk could contribute to reducing cardiovascular risk in vulnerable populations
A French consortium led by INRA, in collaboration with INSERM, the Universities of Lyon and Clermont Auvergne, Lyon Civil Hospitals and the Human Nutrition Research Centres (CRNH) of Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne, have now demonstrated that consuming certain lipids present naturally in dairy products (called "polar lipids") could reduce the cardiovascular risk in overweight postmenopausal women by lowering their blood levels of LDL-cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.06.2019
Consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cardiovascular disease
Consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cardiovascular disease
In an article published May 30, 2019 in the British Medical Journal , researchers from Inserm, Inra, Université Paris 13 and Cnam in the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team (EREN) report an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in consumers of ultra-processed foods in the NutriNet-Santé cohort.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 04.06.2019
A combination of insecticides and mite weakens honeybees
A combination of insecticides and mite weakens honeybees
Today, scientists of the Institute of Bee Health of the University of Bern and the honeybee research association COLOSS have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports that shows a synergistic time-lag interaction between the parasitic mite Varroa destructor and neonicotinoid insecticides reducing survival of winter honeybees, Apis mellifera.

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