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Climate change is making it harder to get a good cup of coffee

16-Apr-2021

Ethiopia may produce less specialty coffee and more rather bland tasting varieties in the future. This is the result of a new study by an international team of researchers that looked at the peculiar effects climate change has on Africa's largest coffee producing nation. Their results are ...

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How we can reduce food waste and promote healthy eating

16-Apr-2021

Food waste and obesity are major problems in developed countries. They are both caused by an overabundance of food, but strategies to reduce one can inadvertently increase the other. A broader perspective can help identify ways to limit food waste while also promoting healthy nutrition, two ...

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Of apples and oil pumpkins: News from microbiome research

On the trail of the universal apple microbiome

16-Apr-2021

The extent to which the composition of the microbiome of apples and oil pumpkins depends on the geography of the location and what insights can be derived from this for breeding, health and shelf life of the fruits is shown in two recent publications by researchers at TU Graz. The microbiome is ...

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2021 Global Food Policy Report

Lessons from COVID crisis for reducing inequities and enhancing resilience of food systems

15-Apr-2021

The severe health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted food systems and upended livelihoods. Yet pandemic responses have demonstrated the power of well-crafted policies to blunt the impact of major shocks while laying the groundwork for stronger, more resilient food ...

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Consumers are willing to pay for ecosystem services

15-Apr-2021

Many consumers are willing to pay for improved environmental quality and thus non-market values of impacts of food production on e.g. water quality, C sequestration, biodiversity, pollution, erosion or GHG emissions may even be comparable to the market value of agricultural production. ...

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Cultivating Matsutake, valuable edible fungi

15-Apr-2021

Costing anywhere from 15 to 70 dollars per mushroom depending on the quality, matsutake mushrooms are some of the most valuable edible fungi in the world. Revered for their delicate scent, matsutake mushrooms are cooked in rice or soups as an Autumn celebration delicacy in Japan. However, there ...

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Crop rotations with beans and peas offer more sustainable and nutritious food production

14-Apr-2021

Growing more legumes, like beans and lentils, is potentially a more sustainable and nutritious approach to European agriculture, shows a new study in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. This study presents some of the first holistic evidence that adding legumes to traditional crop rotations ...

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Can we end the cage age?

Switch to cage-free alternatives for farm animals is possible, but only with appropriate supporting measures

13-Apr-2021

Between 2018 and 2020, 1,4 million EU citizens signed the petition 'End the Cage Age', with the aim of ending cage housing for farm animals in Europe. In response to this citizens initiative, the European Parliament requested a study by Utrecht University researchers on the possibilities to end ...

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For tomato genes, one plus one doesn't always make two

13-Apr-2021

Both people and tomatoes come in different shapes and sizes. That is because every individual has a unique set of genetic variations--mutations--that affect how genes act and function. Added together, millions of small genetic variations make it hard to predict how a particular mutation will ...

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Popeye with a whiff of rotten eggs

A sulfosugar from green vegetables promotes the growth of important gut bacteria

13-Apr-2021

An international team of scientists led by microbiologists Alexander Loy from the University of Vienna and David Schleheck from the University of Konstanz has uncovered new metabolic capabilities of gut bacteria. For the first time, the researchers have analyzed how microbes in the gut process ...

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