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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 26-Oct-2018

Food Science Wire with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Food Science and Nutrition News Channel

...brought to you by Newswise in collaboration with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society bringing together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry.

Food Science & Production

Discharge Plasma -- Like Lightning -- Can Enhance Food Growth and Preservation

Electrical engineer Koichi Takaki has used nanosecond-long pulses of high-voltage electricity and discharge plasma -- like that found in lightning -- to promote the growth of fruits, vegetables and edible fungi and to preserve the freshness of a vari...

– AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

AVS 65th International Symposium and Exhibition

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2018 at 08:00 ET

Breeding Beans That Resist Weevils

A small beetle can cause big losses to bean crops. But a new study has narrowed down the genetic locations of several weevil resistance genes in the common bean.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Crop Science, September, 6, 2018

UF/IFAS-led Study May Lead to More Heat-Tolerant Rice

Rice, the most widely consumed food crop in the world, takes a beating in hot weather. To combat the high temperatures, a global group of scientists, led by a University of Florida researcher, has found the genetic basis to breed a more heat-tolerant...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Frontiers in Plant Science

UF/IFAS Study Illustrates Value Floridians, Others Place on Springs

The state of Florida spent $365 million on springs’ restoration over the last seven years, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Given the value Florida puts on its springs, Xiang Bi led a study in which she and her colleag...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Wheat that pumps iron, naturally

Crop breeders are developing a biofortified wheat that could make proper nutrition easier.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Crop Science, July 26, 2018

3,500-Year-Old Pumpkin Spice? Archaeologists Find Earliest Use of Nutmeg as a Food

A new study describes the earliest-known use of nutmeg as a food ingredient, found at an archaeological site in Indonesia.

– University of Washington

Asian Perspectives

‘Turbocharging’ photosynthesis increases plant biomass

Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield, accordin...

– Cornell University

Nature Plants, Oct. 2018

Young Citrus Trees May Benefit From Full Irrigation Regardless of HLB Status, UF/IFAS Researchers Say

Preliminary research results suggest that young, HLB-affected trees benefit most from a “full ration” of water, a finding that surprised researchers.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Keeping Food Out of Landfills

Reducing food waste has already been a source of attention at one of UD's main dining halls. Now work is being done to see if those efforts can be scaled up to work across the state.

– University of Delaware

Sustainable intensification of crops topic of symposium

Sustainable intensification is an approach that aims to increase crop yields on existing agricultural land while minimizing the negative environmental pressures and impacts of agricultural systems. Scientists at the American Society of Agronomy and C...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

ACS Meetings

Food Systems Planning Experts Say It’s Time to Reflect on Local Governments’ Efforts

Special issue of peer-reviewed journal addresses key questions in food systems planning efforts.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Oct-2018

Mars Taps Benson Hill’s Crop Design Platform to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change

“We want to enable farmers to produce more cocoa from less land,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars. “Benson Hill has built an impressive data and machine learning platform designed to provide insights that can improve...

– Benson Hill Biosystems

Food Security Under Changing Climate

At a time when changes to climate are expected to impact crop yields, UD scientists are part of an interdisciplinary team that will look to make crops more resilient to meet the demands of producing more food in climates with higher temperatures.

– University of Delaware

New U.S. Canada dairy deal ‘sensible,’ but won’t make big splash for industry

– Cornell University

Obesity, Nutrition, & Public Policy

When Fathers Exercise, Children Are Healthier, Even As Adults

Men who want to have children in the near future should consider hitting the gym. A new study from researchers at The Ohio State University finds paternal exercise had a significant impact on the metabolic health of offspring well into their adulthoo...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Embargo expired on 22-Oct-2018 at 00:00 ET

Scientists Find Brain Signal That Might Help Us Judge the Holiday Buffet

Neuroscientists have found a brain region that appears to be strongly connected to food preference decisions, like what to choose from a buffet or potluck.

– Johns Hopkins University

Nature Communications, Oct-2018; NS91018-17; AA025384; DA035943; DGE-174891

Embargo expired on 19-Oct-2018 at 05:00 ET

Health People Report: New York City Diabetes-Related Foot Amputations Increased 55% in Eight Years

A startling report from Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute, to be released at a press conference at the City Hall steps on Wednesday, October 17th, reveals that New York City diabetes-related foot amputations have soared 55% in eigh...

– Health People

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2018 at 11:00 ET

Bad News for Crash Dieters: Rat Study Finds More Belly Fat, Less Muscle After Extreme Calorie Reduction

Extreme dieting causes short-term body changes that may have long-term health consequences, according to a new study. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: S...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Sex-Specific Implications for Physiology

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2018 at 10:45 ET

High-fat, High-sugar Diet May Impair Future Fertility in Females

The differences in the way males and females respond to a high-fat, high-sugar diet may include impairment of female fertility, new research suggests. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) Cardiovascular...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Sex-Specific Implications for Physiology

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2018 at 10:45 ET

AJPH December Issue: Infants and Sugary Drinks, Top 20 China Health Challenges, Aging in Netherlands, Mass. Opioid Use Increasing

In this issue, find research on infant sugary drink consumption, China's top 20 health challenges, aging and healthy years in the Netherlands, and increasing opioid use in Massachusetts

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2018 at 16:00 ET

Queen’s research finds adults over 50 who were breastfed as babies earn more

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has found that adults over 50 who were breastfed as babies went on to have a higher household income in comparison to those who were not.

– Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2018 at 07:05 ET

Tooth Loss Can Indicate Malnutrition, Rutgers Study Says

Older adults who have 10 to 19 teeth are at higher risk for malnutrition

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Late Night Snacker? Make It Cottage Cheese

FSU researchers found that consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before bed appears to have a positive effect on muscle quality, metabolism and overall health. And for those who have sworn off eating at night, there is no gain in body fat. ...

– Florida State University

Study finds yo-yo dieting increases lifespan in mice compared to staying obese

A new study co-led by Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington found that mice who repeatedly lost and regained weight, also known as weight cycling or "yo-yo dieting," lived significantly longer than their obese counterparts -- and in ...

– Indiana University


Nutrition Has a Greater Impact on Bone Strength Than Exercise

One question that scientists and fitness experts alike would love to answer is whether exercise or nutrition has a bigger positive impact on bone strength.

– University of Michigan


Moving location of fruit and vegetables in shops can lead to 15% sales increase

Simply moving where fresh fruit and vegetables are placed in a shop can increase their sales, new research by Warwick Medical School/the University of Warwick, published by BMC Public Health, has found.

– University of Warwick

BMC Public Health

Protein Derived From Cottonseed for Human Nutrition One Step Closer to Reality

Dr. Keerti Rathore, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist, received word that Texas A&M’s “Petition for Determination of Non-regulated Status for Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed TAM66274” has been approved by the USDA’s Animal and...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Eating with Your Eyes: Virtual Reality Can Alter Taste

Humans not only relish the sweet, savory and saltiness of foods, but they are influenced by the environment in which they eat. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to show how people’s perception of real food can be altered by th...

– Cornell University

The Journal of Food Science, July-2018

Ketogenic Diet Appears to Prevent Cognitive Decline in Mice

The Ketogenic Diet, simple caloric restriction, or the pharmaceutical rapamycin appear to improve neurovascular function and prevent cognitive decline in animal models

– University of Kentucky

Scientfic Reports April 2018; Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience July 2018; R01AG054459; K01AG040164

New study finds that inflammatory proteins in the colon increase incrementally with weight

A new study from Tufts researchers finds that two inflammatory proteins in the colon increase incrementally with weight. In individuals with obesity, this was accompanied by activation of precancerous cellular pathways.

– Tufts University

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Oct-2018

Nutrients May Reduce Blood Glucose Levels

BOSTON – (October 10, 2018) – Type 2 diabetes is driven by many metabolic pathways, with some pathways driven by amino acids, the molecular building blocks for proteins. Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that one amino acid, ala...

– Joslin Diabetes Center

Molecular Metabolism

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster University suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity ass...

– McMaster University

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Seed oils are best for LDL cholesterol

Using a statistical technique called network meta-analysis, researchers have combined the results of dozens of studies of dietary oils to identify those with the best effect on patients' LDL cholesterol and other blood lipids.

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Lipid Research, Sept-2018; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (01EA1408A-G)

New Best Practices Recommended for Feeding Tube Location Verification in Pediatric Patients

Placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes (feeding tubes) in pediatric patients is a common practice, however, the insertion procedure carries risk of serious or even potentially lethal complications. While there are numerous methods of verifying an NG tub...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Nutrition in Clinical Practice

New Study Confirms Mediterranean Diet Prevents a Leading Cause of Blindness

Evidence is mounting that a poor diet plays an important role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)


Are Popular Diets Safe?

Many of the latest popular diets make wild claims while imposing drastic changes to what you can eat.

– Texas A&M University

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Addresses Hot Topics at 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™

Climate change, technological advances and human evolution are just a few of the socially relevant topics that food and nutrition professionals from across the world will discuss at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2018 Food & Nutrition Confere...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dell Center for Healthy Living to launch statewide network to increase access to research

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), announced today a new plan to create a statewide network of researchers, decision-makers, and other key representatives t...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

New $1.4 million grant supports NAU-Navajo Nation Tribal Epidemiology Center impact study of ‘unhealthy food’ tax

The grant allows scientists, Navajo Nation government officials, educators and students to collaborate on a study looking at the effectiveness of the Healthy Diné Nation Act, which was signed into law in 2014.

– Northern Arizona University

Recipients of inaugural $100k Jean Mayer Prize in Nutrition Science & Policy announced

The inaugural $100,000 Jean Mayer Prize for Excellence in Nutrition Science & Policy was awarded by Tufts to former Sen. Tom Harkin; former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack; Center for Science in the Public Interest; and Mission: Readiness for their work c...

– Tufts University

FoodPrint: New Website Launches to Help Consumers Make Smart, Sustainable Decisions About the Food They Buy and Eat

Today GRACE Communications Foundation launched, a new website that provides common-sense and science-based information to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions at the grocery store and when dining out.

– GRACE Communications

UF/IFAS Earns Record $166 Million for Research to Help Solve Critical Issues

Grant support underwrites programs that include feeding a hungry world, improving nutrition among at-risk populations and ensuring sufficient safe water for a growing global population.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

AED Applauds SAMHSA for Its Grant to Create a Training Center for Eating Disorder-Related Education in the Community

On September 21, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), led by Christine M. Peat, Ph.D., wi...

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

New York RDN Receives Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Highest Honor

Registered dietitian nutritionist Judith A. Gilbride, a professor in the department of nutrition and food studies at New York University, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsi...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to Present 2018 Medallion Awards to Eight Members for Service to Academy, Profession

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will present its prestigious 2018 Medallion Awards to eight registered dietitian nutritionists in recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Norman Borlaug lecture will feature global child nutrition advocates

This year’s Norman Borlaug lecture at Iowa State University will be presented by 2018 World Food Prize Laureates Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro, recognized for their work to make child nutrition an urgent priority on the heels of the global food...

– Iowa State University

Does Caffeine Increase Risk for Seizures?

If you have epilepsy, should you stop drinking coffee? ILAE speaks with researcher Astrid Nehlig, who reviewed the latest research at the 2018 European Congress on Epileptology in Vienna.

– International League Against Epilepsy





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