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2014-02-25 14:10:03

In a three-year GM research trial, scientists boosted resistance of potatoes to late blight, their most important disease, without deploying fungicides. The findings, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and The Gatsby Foundation, will be published in ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B’ on 17 February. In 2012, the third year of the trial, the potatoes experienced ideal conditions for late blight. The scientists did not inoculate any...

2012-09-30 23:03:55

The luxurious truffle is highly prized and sought after for its intense garlic flavor, yet extra-ordinarily delicate earthy aroma. As the leaves begin to fall, the winter truffle season creates a stir as chefs and connoisseurs alike begin their holiday season cooking with the finest of mushrooms, the truffle. With O&CO.´s gourmet truffle line, you´ll impress every guest at the dinner table or as a gift for the epicurean on your list. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 30, 2012 The...

2011-12-13 22:37:37

'UF-172' ideal for use in large containers and landscapes Beautiful ornamental caladiums, valued for their bright, long-lasting, and colorful leaves, are prized throughout the world as container and landscape plants. In Florida, where more than 95% of the world's caladium tubers are produced, researchers are continuously working to develop new varieties to satisfy consumer demand. Plant scientists Zhanao Deng, Brent K. Harbaugh and Natalia A. Peres from the University of Florida's...

2011-11-09 08:00:00

The Agricultural Sciences Network Life-Sciences.net features the latest scientific publications in this discipline. The most recently featured articles deal with characterization of a wild relative of rice and biocontrol of black scurf on potato. (PRWEB) November 09, 2011 The Agricultural Sciences category of the Life-Sciences Magazine covers the cultivation and production of crops, raising of livestock, and postharvest processing of natural products. This section currently contains more...

2010-06-03 14:48:34

Potatoes offering elevated levels of phytonutrients thought to promote health could add a new dimension to the consumer diet. But the journey from farm to fork can be a perilous one fraught with sundry microorganisms ready to attack the spuds, either while they're still in the ground or during storage. In Aberdeen, Idaho, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Rich Novy and Jonathan Whitworth are taking on the late-blight fungus, Phytophthora infestans, best known for its role in the...

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2010-05-28 07:49:11

When it comes to potentially doubling the output of the world's fourth largest food crop, the secret may be in the spit. Researchers at Cornell University, as well as the University of Goettingen and National University of Colombia, have discovered that when a major South American pest infests potato tubers, the plant produces bigger spuds. The secret to this increased yield, they write in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications (April 28, 2010), is found that the saliva of the...

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2010-04-16 10:23:14

Research advances capacity to predict, minimize ACD Irish potato, one of the world's major food crops, is increasingly grown and processed for use in various products; consider the popularity of consumer favorites like French fries and potato chips. In the closely scrutinized food production industry, products are accepted or rejected on the basis of color and appearance, among other attributes. Quality defects such as after-cooking darkening, or ACD"”a change in potato's normal flesh...

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2009-12-01 13:30:00

Research into the potato tuber at the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and at the NEIKER-Tecnalia Technology Centre has, in recent years, focused on the development of new varieties of potato adapted to Spanish agro-climatic conditions. The Basque technology center has updated the traditional system for improving strains of the tuber by involving novel techniques that enable obtaining new varieties that are the most resistant, productive and apt for both fresh...

2009-06-12 08:58:17

It may not be the Yeti, but in a remote region of the Russian mountains a previously unknown and entirely unique form of plant root has been discovered. Lead Scientist Professor Hans Cornelissen and his Russian-Dutch team describe this finding today in Ecology Letters.The root belongs to the small alpine plant Corydalis conorhiza and unlike normal roots, which grow into soil, they extend upward through layers of snow. Given this novel behaviour, the scientists have termed them 'snow...

2009-01-08 17:42:06

Low-level herbicide use can severely damage potato reproduction, even if it doesn't create any visible injury symptoms, U.S. soil scientists said. Tests to determine pesticides' ecological risks do not take into account protection of development and reproduction in plants, unlike tests required for the protection of animals, scientists from the Soil Science Society of America said in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Their research found that even though vegetation may not display...


Latest Tuber Reference Libraries

Flowers of a Cyclamen repandum
2014-01-10 14:51:48

Cyclamen repandum is a flowering plant species. The species is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. The name “repandum” is derived from the Latin word, meaning “bent back”. This name refers to the flower’s petals. C. repandum plants can be found in southern Europe and scattered throughout the Mediterranean Islands, specifically in southeastern France, Italy, and Serbia and on Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. The plant is found growing in rocky areas, shrublands and woodlands. The...

Persian cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum
2014-01-08 20:39:58

Cyclamen persicum is a flowering, herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Persian cyclamen. C. persicum is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom. Wild specimens have heart-shaped leaves that grow as long as 6 inches. They are usually green in color, with a light green marbling effect on the...

Purple cyclamen, Cyclamen purpurascens
2014-01-08 20:18:09

Cyclamen purpurascens is a flowering plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Alpine cyclamen, European cyclamen, or Purple cyclamen. C. purpurascens is a tuberous plant.  A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The plant’s flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom C. purpurascens has kidney or heart-shaped leaves. The edge of the leaf may be smooth or lightly...

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