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2009-03-24 12:22:07

University of Florida scientists say they've developed a new muscadine grape cultivar called Delicious that ripens early and is disease-resistant. Professor Dennis Gray, who led the research, said the black fruit features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine production. The name Delicious was selected based on the comments of vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit. Gray said the berries of Delicious...

2009-02-20 16:16:00

LEWISVILLE, N.C., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A new product made from a proprietary formula containing Muscadine grape skins and seed powder is expected to provide a potent nutritional weapon in the fight against the nation's number one killer, heart disease. The use of Muscadine grapes and phytonutrients in Muscadine grapes for cardiovascular problems was first reported at international conferences held in Varanesi, India and Singapore in 2006 and 2007 (see www.muscadinenaturals.com for...

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2009-02-18 09:46:50

Winemakers may see benefits using foliar particle film Deficit irrigation is an agricultural technique used to achieve a variety of results depending on the crop. For white wine grapes, it balances the crop load by limiting the canopy size so there aren't too many leaves shading the grapes. For red wine grapes, deficit irrigation again limits canopy size, but also affects berry components associated with wine quality. A drawback of this canopy-limiting process is that fruit can become...

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2009-02-18 09:20:21

Round, oblong, and in-between: the shapes of the fruits we eat are not always coincidental or, for that matter, thanks to nature. Before fruit arrives in local groceries, a lot of time and effort may have gone into creating the varieties found in the produce section. In the mid-1960s, Dr. James N. Moore of the University of Arkansas began a grape breeding program, working toward developing varieties with elongated shapes. Now, 40 years later, Dr. John R. Clark continues this effort. One of...

2009-02-09 07:10:00

Research shows things associated with the holiday from fruit and wine to massage can lower stress and reduce heart risk ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The sweet delights of Valentine's Day are thought of as indulgences, but fruit, chocolate, wine and romance can be good for your heart, says a University of Michigan researcher. Of course moderation is key when enjoying food and wine, but there are components in tart cherries, grapes and wine that can lower blood...

2009-01-31 13:44:00

SAN DIMAS, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent episode of 60 Minutes, newsman Morley Safer was mistakenly led by researchers to believe the only current way to add more healthy years to one's lifespan is to drink impossible amounts of red wine (1000 bottles a day) or wait for a drug company to invent a magic pill based on resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of grapes and concentrated in red wine. What 60 Minutes viewers weren't told was that Longevinex(R), a leading dietary...

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2008-12-31 10:30:00

Leukemia cells are no match for grape seed extract, according to a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky. Their recent finding, published in the January issue of Clinical Cancer Research, suggests that grape seed extract is effective "“ killing 76 percent of all leukemia cells that were exposed to the extract. Xianglin Shi, professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky, led a team of researchers who sought to study the extract's activity in...

2008-12-15 10:20:13

A deadly black widow spider survived a trip from California in a bunch of grapes and ended up in the kitchen of a startled Canadian veterinarian. Tina Chivers, wife of Dr. Jeremy Chivers, said she began screaming Saturday as she washed the seedless red grapes and left them to dry in a sink in St. Catharines, Ontario, northwest of Niagara Falls. She told the St. Catharines Standard that when she spotted the spider's telltale red hourglass marking, she let out a scream that brought her husband...

2008-11-11 03:00:09

RevGenetics (http://www.revgenetics.com/), at the forefront of developing uncommonly effective products using common herbal ingredients, unveils Sirtuin Skin, a resveratrol powered skin care cream. Sirtuin Skin is a resveratrol cream with proven peptides that revitalizes and moisturizes, making skin look and feel younger, longer. Derived from varying sources, including certain red grape skins, resveratrol is considered most beneficial for a broad range of age related conditions because of its...

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2008-10-29 15:40:00

Research released on Wednesday shows that grape intake lowered blood pressure and signs of heart muscle damage, and improved heart function in lab rats. The report suggests that eating grapes may help fight high blood pressure related to a salty diet.  Grapes could also calm other factors related to heart diseases such as heart failure. "These findings support our theory that something within the grapes themselves has a direct impact on cardiovascular risk, beyond the simple blood...