What Can Waste Disposal Learn From Cows?
A cow is a natural example of consolidated bioprocessing where cellulose (in plant material) is hydrolyzed and converted to various products in a single vessel (the cow). So what can we learn from nature, and more specifically cows, when dealing with the 83 million metric tons of agricultural, municipal and fruit waste produced in South Africa every year?
Hate Broccoli? Your Oral Microbiome Might Be the Reason
A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that the oral microbiome may contribute to a love or hate for Brassica veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
Supplement Derived From Food Sources a Potential Option for Treating Hair Loss
A new study suggests that a nutraceutical supplement may improve hair growth and quality in menopausal women.
Ant Compounds Fight Plant Pathogens Even When Pesticides Are Giving Up
Plant diseases are an increasing threat to food production and several diseases are resistant to existing pesticides. A new study shows that ants excrete chemical compounds that effectively inhibit plant pathogens, even where current pesticides are giving up.
Future Impact of Climate Change May Be Underestimated Due to Missing Wind
Climate models may be underestimating the impact climate change will have on the UK, North America and other extratropical regions due to a crucial missing element, new research has shown.
How a Crop Pathogen Acts on Very Different Species
Bacterial blight can lead to the death of important crops. One form of bacterial blight affects cruciferous plants as well as green manure crops and researchers have used this to investigate one of the pathogen's virulence factors.
Easing the Future of Plastic Waste Chemical Recycling
Chemical recycling is used to break plastic down into the smaller molecules it was originally produced from. New research aims to ease this process.
Scientists Have Created the World's Whitest Paint
Want to save big on your air conditioning bills? Wait a few years to coat your home with the world’s whitest paint, which may dramatically reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning.
Synthesizing Plant Hormones With Microbes Could Improve Crop Health
A group of hormones called strigolactones is utilized by plants to regulate their growth and development. For the first time, scientists have synthesized strigolactones from microbes.
Discovery Could Be a Gamechanger for Clean Hydrogen Production
Researchers have identified a new, cheaper and more efficient electrocatalyst to make green hydrogen from water that could one day open new avenues for large-scale clean energy production.
Cocoa's Flavor Profile Determined Quickly and Precisely
Because a plethora of flavor compounds contribute to the distinctive taste of cocoa, its composition is difficult to analyze. Now, scientists have developed a new methodology that quickly, easily and precisely quantifies the flavor profile of cocoa samples.