Those who won't wear masks put us all at risk, but confrontation is not the answer | Eleanor Morgan
It ’s easy to feel angry towards those who don’t follow Covid-19 guidelines. Yet empathy is the key to changing people’s minds“I have asthma by the way,” a woman announced to me in my local cornershop this week. I hadn’t noticed her. She wasn’t wearing a mask; I was. “It’s OK!” I said, without a beat. She replied: “Just saying before you told me off for not having a mask.”I wanted to avoid conflict in a small space. In truth, I panic seeing uncovered faces in shops. I, too, have asthma, but in my experience, wearing a mask for three minutes to buy tinn...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Eleanor Morgan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Psychology Medical research UK news Society Source Type: news

Mutant tomato helps to crack the secrets of fruiting
(University of Tsukuba) Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have found that fruit development in tomatoes rewires their central metabolism. The plant hormone gibberellin, which regulates major parts of plant development, triggers the process of fruiting. Using a mutant strain of tomato that is highly sensitive to gibberellin, the study showed that the central metabolism pathway in tomatoes was consistently rewired via gibberellin activity. These results could lead to new production strategies, such as breeding seedless fruit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 10, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Newly identified gene grants tomatoes resistance to bacterial speck disease
(Boyce Thompson Institute) Bacterial speck disease, which reduces both fruit yield and quality, has been a growing problem in tomatoes over the last five years. Because the culpable bacterium, Pseudomonas syringae, prefers a cool and wet climate, crops in places such as New York State have been particularly susceptible. Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute have uncovered the first known gene to impart resistance to a particular strain of the bacterium that causes speck disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 2, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Tomato gardeners: The latest victim in the government's war on drugs
(Natural News) A journal entry from a California resident describes the government’s aerial searches for marijuana plants: (Article by John Whitehead republished from Rutherford.org)  They came again this morning at about 8:00 o’clock. A large cargo-type helicopter flew low over the cabin, shaking it on its very foundations. It shook all of us inside, too.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pesticide usage and occupational hazards among farmers working in small-scale tomato farms in Cameroon - Tambe AB, Mbanga BMR, Nzefa DL, Nama MG.
BACKGROUND: Agriculture is undoubtedly the backbone of the Cameroonian economy, and other economic activities thrive only if production in this sector is assured. It has been estimated that approximately 25 million agricultural workers worldwide experience... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

The flax wilt agent has been sequenced
(St. Petersburg State University) Fusarium wilt is a nasty but common disease affecting economically important crops such as banana, cotton, flax, canola, melons, onions, potato and tomato. The release of the complete genome sequence is a milestone in comparative genomics studies of fungal parasites; it contributes to the global efforts aimed at elimination of plant disease outbreaks by aiding in engineering of new resistant crops varieties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cell-cell adhesion in plant grafting is facilitated by {beta}-1,4-glucanases
Plant grafting is conducted for fruit and vegetable propagation, whereby a piece of living tissue is attached to another through cell-cell adhesion. However, graft compatibility limits combinations to closely related species, and the mechanism is poorly understood. We found that Nicotiana is capable of graft adhesion with a diverse range of angiosperms. Comparative transcriptomic analyses on graft combinations indicated that a subclade of β-1,4-glucanases secreted into the extracellular region facilitates cell wall reconstruction near the graft interface. Grafting was promoted by overexpression of the β-1,4-gluca...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Notaguchi, M., Kurotani, K.-i., Sato, Y., Tabata, R., Kawakatsu, Y., Okayasu, K., Sawai, Y., Okada, R., Asahina, M., Ichihashi, Y., Shirasu, K., Suzuki, T., Niwa, M., Higashiyama, T. Tags: Botany reports Source Type: news

Cameroon: Tomato Farmers Count Losses to Wild Weather and Lockdown
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -- Too little rainfall and then too much has paired with coronavirus impacts in Central Africa, leaving growers struggling (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

7 easy summer recipes that celebrate farm-fresh fruits and vegetables
Ahhh, summer! As the season approaches, I look forward to getting my fill of local succulent strawberries and blueberries, tender asparagus, tasty tomatoes, juicy peaches and watermelon and sweet summer corn. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arthritis and tomatoes: Why are tomatoes bad for arthritis? Truth exposed
TOMATOES AND ARTHRITIS don't mix, apparently. Why are tomatoes bad for arthritis? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From farm to fork: The women championing agricultural transformation in Africa
By African Development BankJun 11 2020 (IPS-Partners) From Sudan to Mali, Senegal to Mozambique, and Zambia to Mauritania, women are changing the face of agriculture, adapting and innovating to tackle the challenges of climate change, and feeding the continent’s growing population. African women are actors along the entire agricultural value chain, as farmers, livestock breeders, food processors, traders, farm workers, entrepreneurs and consumers. Through the African Development Bank’s Technologies for African Transformation (TAAT) initiative, millions of African women have gained access to new agricultural te...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: African Development Bank Tags: Food & Agriculture Health Women & Economy Source Type: news

Malawi ’s COVID-19 Cash Transfer Almost Ready But Election Fever may Prevent Lockdown
Malawi’s small scale traders selling their merchandise at Limbe market in Blantyre. Credit: Lameck Masina/IPS By Lameck MasinaBLANTYRE, Malawi, Jun 11 2020 (IPS) Malawi remains one of the few nations in the world that has not gone into a coronavirus lockdown as the government rushes to meet the conditions of a court order to implement a cash transfer scheme for the poor before doing so. But as some parts of the world are slowing coming out of their lockdowns, it could be likely this southern African nation won’t go into one as the rerun of the country’s presidential election nears.  On Apr. 27, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lameck Masina Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Cash Transfers Coronavirus COVID-19 Elections Malawi Source Type: news

Late blight research pairs spectroscopy with classic plant pathology diagnostics
(American Phytopathological Society) Gold and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently published research showing how they used contact spectroscopy to non-destructively sense how plant pathogens differentially damage, impair, and alter plant traits during the course of infection. This research centered on late blight of potato and tomato. The hyperspectral sensors Gold and colleagues used measure light reflectance in the visible to shortwave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum- 7x more wavelengths than the human eye can see. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 9, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

For Tasty Tomatoes, Either the Fridge or the Counter Is OK: Study
SATURDAY, June 6, 2020 -- How you store your tomatoes doesn't affect the flavor -- what really matters is the type of tomato you choose, researchers say. A team from the University of G öttingen in Germany investigated the differences in flavor of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In the face of so much sorrow, we turn to gardens and plants for a sliver of hope
Many of us grieving about the state of the world — illness, injustice, inequities — are turning to our victory gardens, or the potted tomatoes and basil on our balconies or patios, for the tiny moments of respite they provide. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeanette Marantos Source Type: news

Should tomatoes go in the fridge?
(University of G ö ttingen) There is much debate about the correct storage of tomatoes. Should tomatoes be in the fridge or kept at room temperature? Researchers from the University of G ö ttingen investigated whether there are differences in the flavor of ripe tomatoes depending on how they are stored, taking into account the chain of harvesting from farm to fork. No difference was found: the variety of tomato is much more important. The results appeared in Frontiers in Plant Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recipe: Asparagus, tomato and red pepper French bread pizza
Are you craving the taste of a pizza but not the guilt and all the calories?Consider trying this healthy remake of French bread pizza that could turn into your new favorite Friday night treat. It's easy, delicious and approx. 265 calories per slice. Dietitian's note: For a crispier pizza, bake on a pizza stone -- [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Ronald Reagan ’s Secret Cancer Cure
There’s no faster way to purify your body of viruses, bacteria and fungi — and at the same time ramp up your immune system — than a 125-year-old “cure” banned by the FDA. I’m talking about ozone therapy — and it’s not just good for cleansing your body. You see, ozone — a special “energized” kind of oxygen — can help heal almost any condition. Despite being banned by the FDA back in the 1940s, after more than 60 years of successful use, ozone therapy has saved millions of lives in countries where it has become a commonplace medical treatment. In count...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 12, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

New dataset helps tomato growers reduce spread of bacterial canker
(American Phytopathological Society) A group of plant pathologists, primarily based at the University of California, Davis, became interested in studying Clavibacter when extension agents brought in diseased samples. In particular, they wanted to develop a diagnostic platform that could specifically detect the tomato pathogen, as some strains of Clavibacter do not cause disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 11, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Beat the Common Cold
Researchers in Canada and China are testing a powerful immune booster that provides broad-spectrum protection against the common cold and a number of viruses including SARS, Ebola and H1N1. They’re currently running clinical trials to prove its effectiveness against coronavirus. I’m talking about quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that is already available as a supplement. Previous research shows that quercetin’s antiviral capacity works in three ways. Quercetin can: Stop the virus from infecting cells Reduce the reproduction of cells that are already infected And reduce infected cells resistance t...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

$3 million NSF grant supports search for heat-tolerant tomatoes
(Wake Forest University) When your tomato plants won't bear fruit during the dog days of summer, a team of Wake Forest researchers led by Gloria Muday will be in the lab, trying to find a plant that thrives despite the heat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Are Taste Preferences Genetic?
Discussion Taste or gustation is the sensation of taste and is a primary human sense. There are 5 basic tastes currently accepted including sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami or savory. There is also some data for distinct tastes of fats (called oleogustus) or complex carbohydrates. Taste buds in the oral cavity are the primary chemoreceptors of whether or not to allow a substance into our bodies. Taste receptors are also found in the gastrointestinal tract and are involved in gut sensing. Flavor and taste are not the same although in general everyday language people use them interchangeably. Flavor is “… t...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 20, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Why starchy processed food causes us to overeat, gain weight and become ill
In “Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs,” author David Kessler explains how we need to switch to fresh fruits, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and legumes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Florida farmers left with mountains of unsold food as coronavirus scrambles supply chain
(Natural News) Farmers in Florida are seeing mounds of fresh produce rot in fields as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on supply chains. The closure of restaurants, schools and theme parks nationwide due to the coronavirus outbreak has left farmers scrambling to figure out how to sell their harvest. Florida is America’s leader in harvesting tomatoes, green beans,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wild tomato resistance to bacterial canker has implications for commercial tomato industry
(American Phytopathological Society) Bacterial canker is caused by the pathogen Clavibacter michiganensis, which infects commercially bred tomatoes by colonizing the xylem, a series of tubes that transports water and minerals throughout the plant. There are no commercially available tomatoes resistant to bacterial canker and management options are limited. However, breeders have known that wild tomato species are less susceptible to bacterial canker, but this knowledge is limited. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Tomato Domestication
Scientists identify a transcription factor that plays a key role in increased fruit size. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 30, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

How Can You Safely Grocery Shop in the Time of Coronavirus? Here ’s What Experts Suggest
As coronavirus spreads globally, grocery shopping has become one of the most anxiety-producing but necessary activities for millions of people around the world. With many governments enforcing shelter-in-place orders in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, heading to the store for food and essential supplies has become one of the only times many people leave their homes. Prepping for the trip can feel overwhelming: Should you wear gloves or a mask? Should you wipe down that tomato? What’s the safest way to pay? To answer these questions and more, TIME reached out to ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeleine Carlisle Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

Peptide signaling for drought-induced tomato flower drop
The premature abscission of flowers and fruits limits crop yield under environmental stress. Drought-induced flower drop in tomato plants was found to be regulated by phytosulfokine (PSK), a peptide hormone previously known for its growth-promoting and immune-modulating activities. PSK formation in response to drought stress depends on phytaspase 2, a subtilisin-like protease of the phytaspase subtype that generates the peptide hormone by aspartate-specific processing of the PSK precursor in the tomato flower pedicel. The mature peptide acts in the abscission zone where it induces expression of cell wall hydrolases that ex...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Reichardt, S., Piepho, H.- P., Stintzi, A., Schaller, A. Tags: Botany, Ecology reports Source Type: news

Fall precipitation predicts abundance of curly top disease and guides weed management
(American Phytopathological Society) Transmitted by an insect known as the beet leafhopper, curly top disease is a viral disease affecting many crops, including melons, peppers, sugar beets, and tomatoes. Curly top can kill or stunt the plants or result in poorly developed fruit or no fruit at all. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 12, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Virginia Tech, University of Virginia work to safeguard US tomato industry
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech entomologist Muni Muniappan has warned of Tuta absoluta's likely arrival into the United States since he began monitoring the pest's spread throughout Africa in 2012. Thanks to a joint grant from the US Department of Agriculture, Muniappan's team and collaborators will be able to model the pest's entry into the United States -- protecting the country's billion-dollar tomato industry -- before irreparable damage is caused. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 4, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Botswana: Ministry Orders Mandatory Recall of 400g Canned Pilchards
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Ministry of Health and Wellness is in receipt of communication from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, South Africa, with regards to the recalled canned 400g pilchards in tomato sauce and 400g pilchards in chilli sauce, with immediate effect. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Researchers find that drinking unsalted tomato juice helps lower cardiovascular disease risk
(Natural News) Tomatoes are full of antioxidants with many health benefits, such as lycopene which has anti-inflammatory properties. Tomatoes are also full of vitamin C that helps boost your immunity. According to a study published in the journal Food Science & Nutrition, drinking unsalted tomato juice regularly may also lower your risk of developing heart disease. Tomato juice... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Halibut with tomato basil salsa
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacterial influencers -- rhizosphere microbiome mediates root metabolite exudation
(Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research) The rhizosphere is home to a rich microbial diversity. The metabolites secreted by the roots (products of root exudation) are known to shape the composition of the root microbiota. However, until recently it was not known if or how the microbiota in turn impact root exudation. Scientists have discovered that microbial communities can effect specific systemic changes in tomato root exudation via root-to-root signalling. The underlying process was termed as 'systematically induced root exudation of metabolites' (SIREM). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nitrogen fertilizers finetune composition of individual members of the tomato microbiota
(American Phytopathological Society) Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients as is a key component for healthy crop production globally. Because the microbiota is crucial to the plant's ability to take in nitrogen, scientists are very interested in identifying ways to ensure this transfer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 29, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker
(Cornell University) Many tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker - the wilted leaves and blistered fruit that can spoil an entire season's planting. For those whose livelihoods depend on tomatoes, this pathogen -- Clavibacter michiganensis -- is economically devastating. In a new paper, Cornell University researchers showed that wild tomato varieties are less affected by bacterial canker than traditionally cultivated varieties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 27, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Research team traces evolution of the domesticated tomato
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) In a new paper, a team of evolutionary biologists and geneticists led by senior author associate professor Ana Caicedo, with first author Hamid Razifard at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and others, report that they have identified missing links in the tomato's evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A new tomato ideal for urban gardens and even outer space
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Genetic editing is moving tomato crops from the field to the city skyline, or even outer space. Researchers used CRISPR gene editing to optimize tomatoes for urban agriculture. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 23, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

These 5 nutritious foods can help fight inflammation
(Natural News) Superfoods offer many health benefits, from strengthening your immunity to boosting your nutrient intake. Eating certain foods, like blueberries and cherry tomatoes, can also help prevent inflammation. The role of inflammation in your health When your body is exposed to anything foreign, like chemicals, microbes or plant pollen, your immune system is activated. This usually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What happens when your favorite PBS hosts eat miracle berries?
(American Chemical Society) Miracle berries cause sour foods to taste sweet, but do they have limits? This week on Reactions, we gave PBS YouTube hosts some miracle berry pills, along with lemons, Tabasco sauce, tomatoes and other random foods, to find out how miraculous this taste-modifying berry really is: https://youtu.be/x5-wAfoCDv8. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?
(University of California - Berkeley) Crops today never see their parents' microbiome, so how do they develop a leaf microbial community that's healthy and resistant to invasion by pathogens? UC Berkeley biologists sequenced the microbiomes of tomatoes through four generations and saw three-quarters of the bacteria disappear, leaving a core community that proved resistant to random invaders. The findings show it's possible to cultivate a robust plant microbiome, and suggests that probiotic additions could survive on crops, providing lasting benefits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 6, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

T-shirt generates electricity from temperature difference between body and surroundings
(University of Malaga) Researchers of the Faculty of Science of the University of Malaga (UMA) have designed a low-cost T-shirt that generates electricity from the temperature difference between the human body and the surroundings. We are talking about the 'e-textile' prototype, developed in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (IIT) based on sustainable methods and low-cost materials like tomato skin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently produce lycopene, a red pigment found in tomatoes and commonly used as a food coloring, opening the door to a wide range of biosynthetic applications, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Drug Helps Plants Resist Drought: Study
The small molecule is effective in tomato and wheat in laboratory trials, but its scalability and applicability to real-world agriculture remains to be seen. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - October 24, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Dynamic control of plant water use using designed ABA receptor agonists
Drought causes crop losses worldwide, and its impact is expected to increase as the world warms. This has motivated the development of small-molecule tools for mitigating the effects of drought on agriculture. We show here that current leads are limited by poor bioactivity in wheat, a widely grown staple crop, and in tomato. To address this limitation, we combined virtual screening, x-ray crystallography, and structure-guided design to develop opabactin (OP), an abscisic acid (ABA) mimic with up to an approximately sevenfold increase in receptor affinity relative to ABA and up to 10-fold greater activity in vivo. Studies i...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Vaidya, A. S., Helander, J. D. M., Peterson, F. C., Elzinga, D., Dejonghe, W., Kaundal, A., Park, S.-Y., Xing, Z., Mega, R., Takeuchi, J., Khanderahoo, B., Bishay, S., Volkman, B. F., Todoroki, Y., Okamoto, M., Cutler, S. R. Tags: Botany, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

An engineered pathway for N-hydroxy-pipecolic acid synthesis enhances systemic acquired resistance in tomato
Systemic acquired resistance (SAR) is a powerful immune response that triggers broad-spectrum disease resistance throughout a plant. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, long-distance signaling and SAR activation in uninfected tissues occur without circulating immune cells and instead rely on the metabolite N-hydroxy-pipecolic acid (NHP). Engineering SAR in crop plants would enable external control of a plant’s ability to mount a global defense response upon sudden changes in the environment. Such a metabolite-engineering approach would require the molecular machinery for producing and responding to NHP in the cr...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - October 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Holmes, E. C., Chen, Y.-C., Sattely, E. S., Mudgett, M. B. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Can Eating Red Fruits and Vegetables Lead to Healthier Sperm?
Lycopene, a red plant pigment found in tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruits, improved some measures of sperm quality. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Sperm Diet and Nutrition Fruit Vegetables Tomatoes Grapefruit Watermelons European Journal of Nutrition Research Infertility Source Type: news

Tomatoes are good for sperm count – if only I had known that years ago
A man ’s worry seems to be hardwired – as if being fertile constitutes a meaningful measure of masculinityI read thattomatoes might be good for a fella ’s sperm count. Sperm ’s always been a worry for me, ever since the day of the 1978 FA Cup final. I’ll spare you the goriest of the details, but the long and, er, short of it is that I fell off my bike going to my nan and grandad’s house to watch the match and sustained serious injuries to my pudenda. Fifteen stitc hes were required to sew my boyhood up, but I made it home in time for kick off, which is all I cared about. I was only 11, a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Adrian Chiles Tags: Men Sperm donation Science Life and style Source Type: news

Why tomato puree might improve male fertility
Lycopene - a nutrient found in tomatoes - may boost sperm quality, a study suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tomatoes boost sperm quality, study suggests
The key ingredient is lycopene, the chemical which gives tomatoes their red colour and is already thought to reduce blood pressure, according to the researchers at the University of Sheffield. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news