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Common kitchen practices detrimental to tomato aroma

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Red, ripe tomatoes were dipped in 50 degree C hot water for 5 minutes or exposed to 5 degree C for 4 days to simulate consumer handling in food service or home kitchens. The results indicated that a short blanching or refrigeration of tomatoes substantially inhibited the production of volatile compounds and reduced tomato aroma […]

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Tracing a path toward neuronal cell death

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A new genetic model has been developed that is yielding new insights into what happens when astrocytes go awry. Damage to astrocytes — star-shaped cells found in the brain and spinal cord — is found in many neurodegenerative conditions, but it’s been unclear exactly what role astrocyte dysfunction plays in the development of disease.

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Bees aren’t the be all and end all for crop pollination, study suggests

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Farmers who used pesticides that spared bees but sacrificed killed other insects might be ignoring important sources of crop pollination, according to an Australian-led international scientific study. A plant ecologist said many crops — including mangoes, custard apples, kiwi fruit, coffee and canola — depended on non-bee insect pollinators such as flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, […]