Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure

Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources - diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper - is considerably under the safe level

di S. C.
Olive & Oil31/01/2015

Efficacy of olive oil mill extract in replacing sulfur dioxide in wine model

The extract showed antimicrobial activity complementary to this of sulfur dioxide. Olfactometric profile was qualitatively similar to that of wine

di R. T.
Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells

A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer

di S. C.

Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

The increasing global population is escalating the demand for commercial seeds

Global industry analysis and forecast to 2020 for commercial seeds market. Proprietary seeds held a share of about 85% in 2013 in the global commercial seeds market

di S. C.
Science News31/01/2015

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects

Many currently available insecticides present environmental and health risks. The need to develop novel effective insecticides is therefore urgent

di S. C.
Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

There’s a right way to prune trees and shrubs

Prune liriope in February prior to the beginning of new growth. Pruning trees needs to include evaluating branches for future growth considerations

di R. T.

Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

Noise and its impact on the perception of food and drink

Noise is currently the second most common complaint amongst restaurant-goers, behind poor service. In fact, over the last decade or two, many restaurants have become so loud that some critics now regularly report on the noise levels alongside the quality of the food

di T N
Grapevine & Wine31/01/2015

A robot will help manage vineyards but not substitute the vine grower

The robot is part of the European project VineRobot. The challenges are to give the robot the autonomy to safely drive between the vineyard lines using stereoscopic vision, integrating a side camera which will provide information about the vegetation status of the plants and possible bunches

di R. T.
Olive & Oil31/01/2015

Consumers dislike bitterness and pungency in olive oil

Extra virgin olive oils produced from olives of the same cultivars and grown in the same areas shared similar sensorial attributes

di T N

Voices31/01/2015

The olive oil "art of the blend" is a bluff

di Alberto Grimelli
Food Notes & Tousim31/01/2015

A cultural and spiritual journey in the olive groves

In Spain, local governments have shifted the focus from mere production of olives and olive oil, concentrating efforts on the conservation of the natural and historic landscape

di Antonio G. Lauro
Health & Gastronomy31/01/2015

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Xanthohumol, a polyphenol chalcone present in hops, activating Nrf2 enzymes to confer protection against oxidative damage in PC12 cells

di S. C.

Olive & Oil31/01/2015

Enzymatic activity changed during olive leaf storage

Evidence of oleuropein degradation by olive leaf protein extract. An inhibitory effect of hydroxytyrosol on polyphenoloxidase activity was demonstrated

di R. T.
Health & Gastronomy19/01/2015

Healthy diet associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes

As minority women are at higher absolute risk for type 2 diabetes, benefit of healthy diet may be greater compared with white women

di S. C.
Olive & Oil14/01/2015

Olive oil used in Israel 8,000 years ago, as discovered in an antiquities site in the Lower Galilee

Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov of the Israel Antiquities Authority methodically sampled pottery vessels found in the excavation at Ein Zippori in the Lower Galilee in order to ascertain what was stored in them and how they were used by the site’s ancient inhabitants

di T N

Health & Gastronomy14/01/2015

Parliament backs opt-out for European member states while GMOs with health benefits have large market potential

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms  on their own territory. Genetically modified crops with an increased vitamin and/or mineral content have large potential to improve public health, but their availability for consumers is still hampered, as a result of the negative public opinion

di T N
Olive & Oil14/01/2015

Comparative field studies of Bactrocera oleae baits in olive orchards

Hydrolysed protein mixed with a-cypermethin indicated the highest attractiveness. The residual attractiveness of bait spraying solutions is limited over time

di S. C.
Science News14/01/2015

Crops can do their own weed control

Research from the University of Copenhagen now suggests that the war on weeds can be conducted more sustainably by asjusting sowing patterns and crop density

di S. C.