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Agronomy / Food Science - Economics / Business - 17.09.2020
Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness
Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness
Göttingen University research team investigates behaviour and attitudes of consumers in Germany during the different phases of the coronavirus pandemic Researchers at the University of Göttingen have been conducting a nationwide consumer survey since mid-April to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting shopping, eating and cooking behaviour.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.09.2020
Secret of plant dietary fibre structure revealed
Secret of plant dietary fibre structure revealed
The secret of how fibre shapes the structure of plant cell walls has been revealed, with potentially wide-ranging applications ranging from nutrition and health to agriculture. Researchers from The University of Queensland and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have uncovered the mechanics of how plant cell walls balance the strength and rigidity provided by cellulose with its ability to stretch and compress.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 10.09.2020
Older people in Sierra Leone face ’ticking time bomb’ of health issues - study
Three-quarters of people over-40 in Sierra Leone have at least one health factor that could contribute to cardiovascular disease - creating a ‘ticking time bomb' of death and disability in one of the world's poorest counties, a new study reveals. Researchers found that cardiovascular disease risk factors (CVDRFs) such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity are much more common in Sierra Leone than expected, whilst access to health care for these conditions is low.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.09.2020
Nationwide decline of threatened plant species in Switzerland
Nationwide decline of threatened plant species in Switzerland
The Swiss Flora is one of the richest and most diverse in Europe. However, more than 700 plant species are considered to be threatened. In a nationwide project over 400 volunteer botanists revisited known populations of all threatened and rare plant species in Switzerland and recorded their presence or absence.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 02.09.2020
Low carb diets often influenced by internet information and do not work for all
Low carbohydrate diets are often driven by beliefs that are influenced by internet resources, and do not represent a one-size-fits all approach to dieting. In a new study led by the University of Glasgow and published today in Nature Scientific Reports , researchers have provided further insights into the motivations for following low carb diets and the experiences of current and past dieters.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.09.2020
Diversifying crop rotations improves environmental outcomes while keeping farms profitable
A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University finds that diversifying crop rotations can greatly reduce negative environmental and health impacts, while maintaining profitability for farmers.  The research, recently published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology , finds that adding small grains and forages such as alfalfa to the conventional corn-soybean rotation, which dominates production in Minnesota, Iowa and other Corn Belt states, can greatly reduce negative environmental impacts while supporting farm economies.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 28.08.2020
Genetic link between cattle temperament and autism
Genetic link between cattle temperament and autism
A strong association between the genes influencing cattle temperament and autism in humans has been discovered by University of Queensland researchers. UQ genomic expert Professor Ben Hayes said the research by his interdisciplinary team headed by Dr Roy Costilla could lead to improved animal welfare and meat quality.

Agronomy / Food Science - 12.08.2020
Shows nutrition labelling is improving nation's diet
Shows nutrition labelling is improving nation’s diet
Households eat more healthily when retailers display clear nutritional information on own-brand food products, say researchers. Nutritional information displayed prominently on food products which give consumers information on salt, sugar and calorie content play a significant role in nudging people towards better dietary choices, according to new research.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.08.2020
Plant based meat versus animal meat
A diet that includes an average of two servings of plant-based meat alternatives lowers some cardiovascular risk factors compared with a diet that instead includes the same amount of animal meat, Stanford Medicine scientists found. Swapping out red meat for plant-based meat alternatives can lower some cardiovascular risk factors, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford Medicine.

Agronomy / Food Science - 06.08.2020
Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds
Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds
Researchers have found that a common plant owes the dazzling blue colour of its fruit to fat in its cellular structure, the first time this type of colour production has been observed in nature. I first noticed these bright blue fruits when I was visiting family in Florence. I thought the colour was really interesting, but it was unclear what was causing it Silvia Vignolini The plant, Viburnum tinus , is an evergreen shrub widespread across the UK and the rest of Europe, which produces metallic blue fruits that are rich in fat.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 29.06.2020
Feeds of the Future
Feeds of the Future
University of Göttingen research team investigates the influence of insect and microalgae feeds on meat quality Worldwide there is a growing demand for animal products for human nutrition, despite vegan and vegetarian diets becoming more popular in Western countries. Changing diets necessitate a substantial amount of protein as an input for animal production.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 22.06.2020
Urine test reveals quality of your diet - and whether it’s best for your body
Scientists have completed large-scale tests on a new type of five-minute urine test that measures the health of a person's diet. The test also produces an individual's unique urine ‘fingerprint'.

Agronomy / Food Science - 26.05.2020
Wild Bees Fly for Research
Wild Bees Fly for Research
What stresses wild bees? Is it certain plant-protection products, the absence of nutrient-rich foods - or a combination of both factors? Together with research partners throughout Europe, Agroscope is investigating these issues. Of the total proceeds from agriculture in Switzerland, around CHF 350 million a year are only generated due to the pollination performance of honeybees and wild bees.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.05.2020
High doses of vitamin D supplementation has no benefit in preventing or treating COVID-19
Scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA, including experts from the University of Birmingham, have published a vitamin D consensus paper warning against high doses of vitamin D supplementation. According to the study, current research shows vitamin D has no benefit in preventing or treating Covid-19.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.05.2020
High doses of vitamin D supplementation has no current benefit in preventing or treating Covid-19
Scientists from the UK, Europe and the USA, including experts from the University of Birmingham, have published a vitamin D consensus paper warning against high doses of vitamin D supplementation. According to the study, there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to show vitamin D can be beneficial in preventing or treating Covid-19.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.05.2020
Virgin birth has scientists buzzing
Reversions to asexual reproduction are rare in nature. Asexual birth, in the Cape honey bee, may be the first time that the genetic basis of such a phenomenon has been discovered. Asexual bees In a study published today in Current Biology , researchers from University of Sydney have identified the single gene that determines how Cape honey bees reproduce without ever having sex.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 03.03.2020
Study may help resolve bitter debate over low-cal sweeteners
Study may help resolve bitter debate over low-cal sweeteners
Several studies in recent years have reported that low-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages disrupt the human metabolism, promoting the development of diabetes and obesity. But other studies have found that consuming low-calorie drinks and food has little impact on metabolism and might actually aid in weight loss.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 19.02.2020
Gone with the wind - extreme weather poses threat to honey bees as wind reduces efficiency of foraging
High wind speeds can significantly reduce the efficiency of a honey bee's search for food, according to a new research paper published this week. Experts at the University of Sussex found that the foraging rate of honey bees significantly decreased in higher wind speeds due to increased hesitancy to take off.

Agronomy / Food Science - 11.02.2020
Rangeland weeds in splatter gun scope
Splatter gun technology testing is successfully attacking several rangeland weeds, minimising chemical usage and better targeting weed outbreaks. The technique involves applying a high concentration jet or ‘splatter' of herbicide onto the foliage of plants. UQ's Dr Shane Campbell from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has been collaborating with scientists from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Tropical Weed Research Centre to test the suitability of this technique for rangeland weed control.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.02.2020
Branching out for a new green revolution
Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered a new gene that improves the yield and fertilizer use efficiency of rice. The worldwide late-20 th century 'Green Revolution' saw dramatic year-by-year increases in global grain yields of rice and other cereals.
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