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Mushroom consumption may lower risk of depression

13-Oct-2021

Mushrooms have been making headlines due to their many health advantages. Not only do they lower one’srisk of cancerandpremature death,butnew researchled byPenn State College of Medicinealso reveals that these superfoods may benefit a person’s mental health. Penn State researchers used ...

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Mutant corn gene boosts sugar in seeds, leaves, may lead to breeding better crop

04-May-2021

An abnormal build up of carbohydrates -- sugars and starches -- in the kernels and leaves of a mutant line of corn can be traced to one misregulated gene, and that discovery offers clues about how the plant deals with stress. That is the conclusion of Penn State researchers whose previous study ...

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Pulsed ultraviolet light technology to improve egg safety, help poultry industry

Novel decontamination method can be used with both table and hatching eggs

18-Jan-2021

Pulsed ultraviolet light can be an effective alternative to some of the antimicrobial technologies now used by the poultry industry to kill pathogens on eggshells, according to Penn State researchers, who simulated production conditions to test the technology. Researcher Paul Patterson, professor ...

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Craft-beer boom linked to record-number of US states growing hops

06-Jan-2020

Craft breweries aren't just a fun place to meet up with friends. They may be fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hop production across the U.S., according to researchers at Penn State and The University of Toledo. Their findings suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the ...

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Eating cheese may offset blood vessel damage from salt

18-Sep-2019

Cheese lovers, rejoice. Antioxidants naturally found in cheese may help protect blood vessels from damage from high levels of salt in the diet, according to a new Penn State study. In a randomized, crossover design study, the researchers found that when adults consumed a high-sodium diet, they ...

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Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'

11-May-2018

Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists. The cacao tree, which grows in tropical regions, produces the cocoa beans that are the raw material of ...

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Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food

08-Feb-2018

Human waste may one day be a valuable resource for astronauts on deep-space missions. Now, a Penn State research team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growth. "We ...

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Study shines new light on how Salmonella "die" at low temperatures

08-Feb-2018

The most economical way to kill bacteria that cause common food-borne illnesses — mostly caused by Salmonella enterica — is heat, but, the mechanisms that kill Salmonella at lower temperatures were not fully understood until now, according to a team of researchers. Bacteria can develop ways to ...

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