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2009-04-27 07:44:00

The secret to a healthy heart may now include grapes, recently shown to lower blood pressure, lessen signs of heart muscle damage, and cause an overall better functioning in the heart. A diet filled with fruits and vegetables is known to lower blood pressure, but a new study from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center demonstrates the health effects of grapes reach a new level. The study used groups of twelve rats, specially bred to obtain a high blood pressure from a high salty...

2009-04-23 09:44:00

New Research Highlights Raisin Health Benefits Beyond Basic Nutrition NEW ORLEANS, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Data presented yesterday at the Experimental Biology conference in New Orleans suggest raisin and dried fruit consumption are associated with a decreased likelihood of abdominal obesity. The analysis examined the association between dried fruit consumption and body weight and waist circumference in adults 19 years old and older, using data from the National Health and Nutrition...

2009-04-22 23:41:17

A grape-enriched diet may help prevent the downhill sequence of heart failure brought on by years of high blood pressure, U.S. researchers suggest. E. Mitchell Seymour, whose study was part of his doctoral work in nutrition science at Michigan State University, said all the rats his team used were from a research breed that develops high blood pressure when fed a salty diet. The researchers studied the effect of regular table grapes -- a blend of green, red, and black grapes -- that were...

2009-03-25 10:30:00

American Also Debuts New First Class Wine Glasses in April FORT WORTH, Texas, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines has teamed up with classically trained winemaker and viticulturist Ken Chase as part of its continuing effort to serve customers the finest wines available. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090325/DA88883) Chase will serve as the airline's official consultant in selecting fine wines for customers traveling on American's various routes throughout...

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...

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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...

2009-02-06 06:00:00

WomenHeart and Clos du Bois Launch Year-Long Heart Disease Awareness Campaign GEYSERVILLE, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of February's American Heart Month, WomenHeart and Clos du Bois Winery today announced they will join millions of Americans nationwide in supporting women's heart disease awareness and prevention with the launch of www.ToastToWomen.com, a new website that is part of a year-long campaign to raise $100,000 to defeat women's heart disease, the leading cause of death...

2008-12-09 12:17:00

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A consortium of California winemakers has invalidated The Adams-Harbertson Tannin Assay, which has been publicized by the University of California at Davis Viticulture and Enology faculty as an accurate scientific method for tracking tannin concentration in wine. The Journal of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists published a study undertaken by a consortium of winemakers that shows extremely poor precision and incorrectly...

2008-12-08 13:30:27

A team of U.S., French and Spanish scientists say they've identified the gene that enables gray mold to kill plant cells. Brown University Professor David Cane and his international colleagues also found deletion of that single gene from gray mold's DNA shuts down its ability to produce toxins that kill cells in more than 200 species of garden and ornamental plants. The fungus, Botrytis cinerea, can kill more than 200 agricultural and ornamental plant species, including staples such as...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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