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Gene Suppression Can Lower Cold-induced Sweetening In Potatoes
2012-10-15 14:13:12

Preventing activity of a key enzyme in potatoes could help boost potato quality by putting an end to cold-induced sweetening, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Cold-induced sweetening, which occurs when potatoes are put in long-term cold storage, causes flavor changes and unwanted dark colors in fried and roasted potatoes. But long-term cold storage is necessary to maintain an adequate supply of potatoes throughout the year. Agricultural Research Service...

2012-05-02 13:18:13

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society´s (ACS´) award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series focuses on adaptation of the ubiquitous personal glucose monitor, typically used to test blood sugar levels, for possible home use in testing for viruses and bacteria in human body fluids, food and other substances. Based on research by Yi Lu, Ph.D., and colleagues and reported in ACS´ journal Analytical Chemistry, the new podcast is available...

2011-08-10 18:19:29

A new study has created an analog of what researchers think the first multicellular cooperation might have looked like, showing that yeast cells"”in an environment that requires them to work for their food"”grow and reproduce better in multicellular clumps than singly. A team of researchers, led by Harvard professor Andrew Murray, found that cells of brewer's yeast that clumped together were able more effectively to manipulate and absorb sugars in their environment than were...

2010-09-15 16:48:32

Scientists have overturned the conventional wisdom that cooperation is essential for the well-being of the whole population, finding evidence that slackers can sometimes help the common good. Researchers, from Imperial College London, the Universities of Bath and Oxford, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology studied populations of yeast and found that a mixture of 'co-operators' and 'cheats' grew faster than a more utopian one of only "co-operators."...

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2008-09-30 10:30:37

A team of scientists, including Penn State Distinguished Professor of Biology Hong Ma, has identified a gene in rice that controls the size and weight of rice grains. The gene may prove to be useful for breeding high-yield rice and, thus, may benefit the vast number of people who rely on this staple food for survival. "Our work shows that it is possible to increase rice's yield by enhancing the expression of a particular gene," said Ma. The team's results will be published on 28 September...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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