Tech & Comm

A 225-post collection

Fish Oil without the Fishy Smell or Taste

A new study, co-led by University of Cincinnati researchers, describes the development of a refining process that scientists deem a superior method to help produce better dietary omega-3 health and dietary supplements containing fish oil. Fish oil is widely known to be an excellent dietary source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty »

International Research Team Discovers How Plants Shut the Door on Infection

Plants safeguard themselves against pathogens by closing their pores. Until now, this mechanism has not been fully understood. Scientists have known that a flood of calcium into the cells surrounding the pores triggers them to close, but how the calcium entered the cells was unclear. An international research team has »

TALENs Used for Genome Editing of an Algal Biodiesel Candidate

Hiroshima University researchers developed a highly efficient genome editing system for microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is a potential source of biodiesel. Algae gather high concentrations of lipids through photosynthesis and these lipids can be used as feedstocks for sustainable new energies called biodiesels. Nannochloropsis species are microalgae that produce high »

E. coli Bacteria Offer a Path to Improving Photosynthesis

In a paper published in Nature Plants, scientists described how they engineered the key plant enzyme Rubisco and introduced it in Escherichia coli bacteria to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis, a holy grail for improving crop yields. Researchers focused on Rubisco, a slow »

Researchers Find Way to Protect Plants from Fungal Infection

Scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the University of the State of ParanĂ¡ in Brazil have discovered that widespread fungal disease in plants can be controlled with a commercially available chemical that has been primarily used in medicine until now. In a comprehensive experiment, the team uncovered a »

Correct Dosage of Methane-Inhibiting Additive in Dairy Cow Feed Shown in Study

The optimum amount of a methane-inhibiting supplement in dairy cattle feed has been determined by an international team of researchers, indicating that widespread use of the compound could be an affordable climate change-battling strategy, if farmers embrace it. Previous studies conducted at Penn State and around the world showed the »

Genomes of Three Most Troublesome Agricultural Weeds Published

Scientists have published the most comprehensive genome information to date for all three of the most troublesome agricultural weed species, marking a new era of scientific discovery toward potential solutions. Waterhemp, smooth pigweed, and Palmer amaranth impact crop production in the United States and around the world. All three genomes »

Scientists Re-evaluate Rice Green Revolution Gene

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers evaluated the potential benefit of the weak functional version of Semi Dwarf 1 (SD1) gene from japonica rice on yield improvement in the indica rice background. The findings are reported in Molecular Breeding. In the 1960s, the Green Revolution introduced semi-dwarf rice cultivars »

More Healthful Milk Chocolate by Adding Peanut, Coffee Waste

Milk chocolate is a consumer favorite worldwide, prized for its sweet flavor and creamy texture. This confection can be found in all types of treats, but it isn't exactly health food. In contrast, dark chocolate has high levels of phenolic compounds, which can provide antioxidant health benefits, but it is »