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2010-09-27 17:25:27

Nectar production in lima beans depends on light quality Flowering plants produce nectar to attract insect pollinators. Some plant species, such as Lima bean, also secrete nectar from so-called extrafloral nectaries to attract ants which in turn fend off herbivores. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, have discovered that the production of extrafloral nectar is light dependent. They have shown that the plants are able not only to distinguish between day and night, but...

2008-10-07 18:00:00

By Ask Sam QI EAT tinned green beans, butter beans and kidney beans nearly every day, which I assume are processed foods. I've heard that processed foods are high in salt, so should I stop eating tinned veg and beans? AIt's true that tinned vegetables and beans are 'processed', but that doesn't mean they aren't good for you. Often people use the term 'processed food' as shorthand for poor- quality, unhealthy food and there are many processed foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt,...

2008-07-28 21:00:26

By Paul Swiech BLOOMINGTON - In the war against obesity and disease, not all our weapons are in pill bottles, surgery rooms and exercises classes. Part of our arsenal is at the supermarket. Healthy foods can help us to control our weight and fight disease, in addition to filling us up and satisfying our desire for something tasty, said registered dietitian Kim McClintic. McClintic, with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, earlier this month developed a list of "10 Power...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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