Latest Gourd Stories

Has The Mystery Of New World Bottle Gourds Finally Been Solved?
2014-02-11 11:49:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Known to early Native Americans as a canteen or storage container, the bottle gourd was once considered an essential accessory. Since wild versions of the gourd don’t grow in the Americas, scientists have long wondered how it originated in the New World. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) has found an answer: it floated across the ocean from Africa. "The bottle gourd's always been...

Information About Cucurbitaceae Brought Up To Date With New Checklist
2013-03-11 13:02:36

Pensoft Publishers In 2010, it was shown that melons and cucumbers can be traced back to India. Because of the importance of the region for an understanding of Cucurbitaceae evolution and diversity, a new checklist of the Cucurbitaceae of India was produced to update the information on that family. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Vegetables are essential components of a healthy daily diet, not just in India but around the globe. Compared to grains and...

2009-07-21 19:35:00

MU researchers extract starch grains from gourd and squash artifacts and learn about ancient feastThe party was over more than 4,000 years ago, but the remnants still remain in the gourds and squashes that served as dishware. For the first time, University of Missouri researchers have studied the residues from gourds and squash artifacts that date back to 2200 B.C. and recovered starch grains from manioc, potato, chili pepper, arrowroot and algarrobo. The starches provide clues about the...

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