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2012-03-13 11:20:30

The distinctive color of Blood Oranges comes from pigments known as anthocyanins which provide a variety of health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke, along with its distinctive coloring properties, reports Nick Collins, Science Correspondent for the Telegraph. The pigmentation, however, only develops in certain climates where the fruit is exposed to a brief period of cold weather, meaning the oranges can only be commercially grown in a particular part of Italy...

2012-03-12 20:23:33

New research could make it easier to grow health-promoting blood oranges For the red pigmentation to develop, blood oranges normally require a period of cold as they ripen. The only place to reliably grow them on a commercial scale is in the Sicilian area of Italy around Mount Etna. Here, the combination of sun and cold/sunny days and warm nights provides ideal growing conditions. Scientists have identified the gene responsible for blood orange pigmentation, naming it Ruby, and have...

Brazil Denied Request To Extend Regulation Of Fungicide In Orange Juice
2012-02-17 13:22:47

Brazilian orange juice producers were denied a request on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a higher tolerance of fungicide in juice imports. The decision will see that Brazil, the world's top orange juice producer, stops exporting orange juice that is made from concentrate to the U.S. A variety of orange juice made from concentrate contains much smaller levels of carbendazim, a chemical used to help fight mold on orange trees. Carbendazim is permitted...

orange juice and fresh oranges
2012-01-29 08:25:45

Nine shipments of orange juice originating from Brazil and Canada were detained on Friday after they tested positive for the illegal fungicide carbendazim, according to various media reports. The fungicide, which has not been approved for use on orange trees in the U.S., is commonly used in Brazil to combat blight blossom and black spot mold, according to Anna Yukhananov of Reuters. FDA testing revealed that none of the shipments tested positive for more than 52 parts per billion (ppb)...

2012-01-19 15:10:11

According to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology (http://bit.ly/AlYBUM) by University of Florida researchers, a key amino acid essential for human nutrition is also an effective insecticide against caterpillars that threaten the citrus industry. The Lime Swallowtail, or Citrus Swallowtail, is a well-known agricultural pest from southern Asia discovered in the Caribbean in 2006, and researchers say its potential impact on the U.S. citrus industry is cause for serious...

2012-01-18 00:22:31

University of Florida researchers have discovered a key amino acid essential for human nutrition is also an effective insecticide against caterpillars that threaten the citrus industry. The Lime Swallowtail, or Citrus Swallowtail, is a well-known agricultural pest from southern Asia discovered in the Caribbean in 2006, and researchers say its potential impact on the U.S. citrus industry is cause for serious concern. “Everything that´s in the Caribbean eventually gets to...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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