Fruit ripening gene discovery could improve food business yields
November 8, 2012

United Kingdom scientists at the University of Leicester have identified a gene that regulates fruit ripening. The discovery offers serious potential to aid food production by permitting more natural forms of food preservation. The gene found in the nuclei of plant cells is said to regulate chloroplast development through a process called “ubiquitin proteasome.” The study, published in the Science Journal, used thale cress to alter the speed chloroplasts change into various plant cell structures,... ...Read more »

New study finds many rice varieties are low-to-medium GI
July 10, 2012

New research from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has found that rice can help maintain a healthy, low glycemic index (GI) diet, even for diabetes sufferers. The study was published in a recent issue of online peer-reviewed biomedical science journal, Rice. GI is a measure of the relative ability of carbohydrates in foods to raise blood sugar levels after eating. Dr Melissa Fitzgerald, who led the... ...Read more »

Australian research on wild cereal DNA could help in development of dry climate rice
December 19, 2011

Scientists from two Australian universities in collaboration with an international academic have discovered ancient wild cereal genes that could potentially allow less water to be used in conventional crops. In a report published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ today, University of Queensland’s Professor Robert Henry said there were global implications for the discovery. Professor Henry said that wild rice plants in hotter and drier parts of Australia tend to be more... ...Read more »