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Another sweet story

Humans started growing melons as crops around four thousand years ago. Since then, melons became one of the most abundantly cultivated fruits and today rank among the top 10 crops in terms of economic importance. Cultivated melons, like many other agricultural plants, originated from wild... click to read more

  • Isa Ozdemir | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1438
Reading time 3 min
published on May 11, 2020
How almonds became sweet

Salads, vegan milk, yogurt, marzipan - all these products contain healthy sweet almonds. The almond ancestor, which still grows in the wild, carries bitter almonds. Consumption of its bitter kernels can be lethal to us and to wild herbivores. The bitterness comes from the presence... click to read more

  • Raquel Sánchez-Pérez | Senior Research Scientist at Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, Espinardo, Spain
  • Birger Lindberg Møller | Professor at VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 3039
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 7, 2020
A future of tasty tomatoes

Modern tomatoes have weaker flavor than older heirloom varieties, and consumers often complain about their "tastelessness". But, how did these tasteless tomatoes arise? - one cause is breeding. Tomatoes have been continuously bred to improve their agricultural features. While these features mostly include firmness for... click to read more

  • Denise Tieman | Professor at University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Dept., Gainesville FL 32611
Views 2157
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 14, 2020
The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNA

Durum wheat is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world, and it is used mainly for pasta production. The origin of this crop dates back to the Neolithic, about 10,000 years ago, in the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of... click to read more

  • Caterina Marè | Role Researcher at CREA-Research Centre for  Genomics  and  Bioinformatics,  Fiorenzuola  d’Arda, Italy
  • A. M. Mastrangelo | Research Officer at CREA-Research  Centre  for  Cereal  and  Industrial  Crops,  Foggia and CREA-Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, Bergamo, Italy
  • S. Walkowiak | Research Officer at Crop Development Centre and Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Views 1693
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 18, 2019
Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite

Cassava is a staple food crop in sub-Saharan Africa, where millions of people eat it every day. It's an especially important source of food during times of drought, because cassava is a hardy plant that continues to produce its starchy storage roots when water is scarce... click to read more

  • Nigel J. Taylor | Associate Member and Distinguished Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
  • Narayanan Narayanan | Research Scientist at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
Views 1300
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2019