Science News05/08/2013

Environment alert in US and Europe: pollution and intensifying agriculture kill

In EU the populations of grassland butterflies decline almost 50% over two decades. Pesticides commonly used in California's Central Valley have been found in frog species who live in State National Parks

di R. T.
Science News29/07/2013

Fungicides could kill bees

di S. C.

Science News06/05/2013

The flavor of foods involves taste, odor, touch and vision

The eyes have such a powerful role that they can trump the tongue and the nose. The human desire for novelty and new experiences also is a factor in the human tendency to ignore what the eyes may be tasting and listening to the tongue and nose

di S. C.
Science News01/04/2013

High levels of carbon dioxide increase water efficence use of sorghum and winter wheat

Between 1958 and 2011 the carbon dioxide concentration has increased and higher carbon dioxide compensated for reductions in growth of winter wheat due to drought

di S. C.
Science News01/04/2013

Butanol is the next generation of biofuel

Butanol has several advantages over ethanol, including a higher energy content that is closer to gasoline. Unlike ethanol, butanol can be used in cars directly, without mixing or altering the vehicle

di Graziano Alderighi

Science News04/03/2013

Oxidative stress increases quality of tomatoes in organic farming

Tomato fruits from organic farming accumulate more nutritional compounds, such as phenolics and vitamin C as a consequence of the stressing conditions associated with farming system

di S. C.
Science News04/03/2013

Biomass for perfume, cosmetic, personal-care products

The scientists transform plant “essential oils”, substances with the characteristic fragrance of the plant, into high-value ingredients

di S. C.
Science News04/02/2013

Leaves of carob tree fight food-poisoning bacteria

Extracts of carob leaves proved effective in inhibiting the growth of Listeria bacteria. Carob may be best-known as a substitute for chocolate that does not contain caffeine or theobromine, which makes chocolate toxic to dogs

di S. C.

Science News04/02/2013

The growth of global organic agricultural practices and their impact on food security and the environment

Organic farming is now established in international standards, and 84 countries had implemented organic regulations by 2010, up from 74 countries in 2009

di S. C.
Science News04/02/2013

Waste to taste: feeding the world's population in the next century

Through composting, vermiculture and high density vertical growing it is possible to grow 14 times more using 90% less water, energy and labor

di S. C.
Science News03/12/2012

Séralini study conclusions not supported by data

Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK60

di R. T.

Science News03/12/2012

How to use sunlight to produce steam and other vapors

The potential societal benefits are more energy-efficient distillation of alcohol, a new and highly practical strategy for desalination and water purification and compact solar-driven sources of steam for sterilization and sanitation

di S. C.
Science News06/11/2012

Women fall in love with organic food

di S. C.
Science News05/11/2012

Biological agriculture against the planet fever

A project has been launched in Bologna, in Italy, with the goal of reducing the emission of greenhouse gas and the warming of the planet

di S. C.

Science News05/11/2012

Transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

Development of a new transparent solar cell, an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside

di S. C.
Science News24/10/2012

How to extend strawberry growing season

di S. C.