Variations in ice sheet height influence global climate
The researchers found that the climate effects in the simulations that considered both freshwater influx and changing topography were not simply the sum of the climate effects of each component considered separately
New model contract will help protect developing countries from harmful ‘land grabs’
Governments in the developing world now have a powerful new resource to help them negotiate contracts to reduce harmful effects of large-scale land investments
Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees
Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers
Extraction of oil from uncrushed olives using supercritical fluid extraction method
Olive oil can be extracted from olives without crushing thus saving energy. A yield of approximately 12% was obtained using low pressure supercritical fluid extraction process.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant therapy with olive oil is beneficial in minimizing injury in burn patients
Olive oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components. An oral diet provided with olive oil in patients with burn may accelerate wound healing and decrease the duration of hospitalization.
Pterostilbene, a molecule similar to resveratrol, as a potential treatment for obesity
Pterostilbene is a phenolic compound in the same family as resveratrol and is present in small amounts in a large variety of foods and beverages like blueberries or red wine
World wine production has returned to an average level in 2014
Global wine production, excluding juice and musts, is likely to reach 271 million hectolitres, a decrease of 6% compared with 2013. France has once again become the biggest producer in the world, ahead of Italy, which saw a poor harvest
Olive oil production in Andalusia drop of 56%
The Department of Agriculture estimates that the province of Jaen bad harvest will lose € 4 million in wages. No alarm for Infaoliva: extra virgin stocks will be sufficient for the market
Compound in chili pepper slows lung cancer tumor growth
New laboratory research shows capsaicin decrease growth of an aggressive form of lung cancer. The study was one of over 100 posters presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Annual Research Conference.
Does it help conservation to put a price on nature?
Assigning an economic value to the benefits which nature provides might not always promote the conservation of biodiversity, and in some cases may lead to species loss and conflict, argues a University of Cambridge researcher
New discovery on pest fruit flies
Research findings should reduce trade barriers and boost pest control measures. The international collaborative effort, involving close to 50 researchers from 20 countries, began in 2009 and was coordinated by FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency
Dietary cocoa flavanols reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults
Findings strengthen link between specific brain region and normal memory decline. Most methods of processing cocoa remove many of the flavanols found in the raw plant.
Italy on fourth place on the podium of world olive oil production
Greece, Tunisia and Turkey. Looking ahead a few years confirms that these three countries will be aggressive competitors for Italian olive oil
Olive oil more stable and healthful than seed oils for frying food
Researchers from Tunisia note that different oils have a range of physical, chemical and nutritional properties that can degrade oil quality when heated. Some of these changes can lead to the formation of new compounds that are potentially toxic
Some rice-based foods for people with celiac disease contain relevant amounts of arsenic
Rice is one of the few cereal grains consumed by people with celiac disease, as it does not contain gluten. However, it can have high concentrations of a toxic substance – arsenic – as revealed by the analyses of flour, cakes, bread, pasta and other foods made with rice, conducted by researchers from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain
Engineered strains of E. coli could improve the production of biogasoline
Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers combine systems biology with genetic engineering to improve production of isopentenol in E.Coli