Plant-based Tuna Rolls Out for Sushi Lovers

Kuleana's founder Jacek Prus came up with the idea to initially address problems caused by the high demand for tuna. For instance, overfishing is one of the major factors that contributed to the dwindling number of bluefin tuna species, not to mention the decreased fish stock levels in the market. »

Vitamin E-enriched Sweet Corn Developed

Researchers from Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China investigated the genetic architecture of vitamin E content in sweet corn kernels by conducting a genome-wide association study. Their findings were published in the April 2020 issue of The Crop Journal. Tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are collectively known as vitamin E, »

Experts Develop Nutritious Drought Tolerant Chickpea

A new genetically engineered chickpea with high drought tolerance and high iron and zinc content in seeds developed by a team of experts from the Department of Biotechnology's New Delhi-based National Institute of Plant Genome Research, University of Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Pulses Research. Chickpea is a major source »

Higher Yields When Crops Sown in Uniform Pattern

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is how to grow more food while reducing the negative impacts of agriculture upon the environment. Our ability to do so requires ever-more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices. The promising news is that researchers have found out that the spatial pattern in which »

Rice Genetically Engineered to Resist Extreme Heat

As plants are exposed to light, the protein complex photosystem II (PSII) energizes electrons to help power photosynthesis. But heat or intense light can damage a key subunit, known as D1, and stop PSII's work until the plant makes and inserts a new D1 into the complex. Chloroplasts have their »

Study Identifies New Mechanism for Temperature Sensing in Plants

A group of cell biologists at the University of California, Riverside led by Dr. Meng Chen has identified that the protein called phytochrome B which can sense light and temperature, also triggers plant growth and controls flowering time. In a paper published in Nature Communications, the research group reveals that »

Cinnamon: Sharing is caring!

In Ancient Egypt, Cinnamon was a highly-priced ingredient that was at one point valued more than gold, much in the way saffron is today. It was used in an array of different processes, from food and drink to even an embalming agent. A year’s supply of Cinnamon was actually »

Cinnamon Tips

Cinnamon has a number of beneficial usages not just as a spice but also as a healthcare, beauty, and household item. • Cinnamon is actually a natural anti-inflammatory acting as this by blocking the release of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that causes inflammation. This arachidonic acid can also cause blood »

Cinnamon: Believe it or not!

Whether you like it or not, Cinnamon is an ancient spice with a track record of more than 4,000 years in our history. There are a few surprising facts about it: • Cinnamon comes from the bark of the Cinnamon tree and is one of the few spices that can »

COVID-19 and Beyond: Navigating through Hurdles for Food Security

As the impacts are still unfolding, the social and economic costs of COVID-19 will be enormous. Ongoing protectionist measures around the globe are affecting agriculture and food directly. Temporary export ban of rice by Vietnam (world's third-biggest rice exporter) and suspension of wheat export by Kazakhstan (a major source of »

Fungal Pathogen Identification

Wheat seeds from various accession numbers were selected in tissue culture lab for inoculating on MS media to check germination percentage. Five seeds were placed in each glass vial with solid MS media. Fungal contamination was observed on the 2nd day of the inoculation. Three glass vials (sample 1, sample »