Secret weapon of smart bacteria tracked to ‘sweet tooth’

Credit: (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kathleen Phillips) COLLEGE STATION -- Researchers have figured out how a once-defeated bacterium has re-emerged to infect cotton in a battle that could..

Newly-published spinach genome will make more than Popeye stronger

"I'm strong to the finich, 'cause I eats me spinach!" said Popeye the Sailor Man. While you may not gulp spinach by the can-fuls, if you love spanakopita or your go-to appetizer is spinach..

Whales only recently evolved into giants when changing ice, oceans concentrated prey

Credit: Copyright Silverback Films/BBC. The blue whale, which uses baleen to filter its prey from ocean water and can reach lengths of over 100 feet, is the largest vertebrate animal that has ever li..

Oyster farming to benefit from new genetic screening tool

Oyster farmers are set to benefit from a new genetic tool that will help to prevent disease outbreaks and improve yields. The technology will enable hatcheries to rapidly assess the genetic make-up ..

Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

Credit: Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving..

Scientists uncover dietary strategy to address obesity using component in red chili

Washington, DC - May 23, 2017 - Scientists have discovered a dietary strategy that may address obesity by reducing endotoxemia, a major contributor to chronic, low-grade inflammation (CLGI). The resea..

Crazy for ant eggs

Credit: Chin-Cheng 'Scotty' Yang Kyoto, Japan -- As worker ants busily hurry about providing for colony and queen, we can imagine a range of tasks that they must be performing. But laying..

Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Credit: Tanja Kongerslev Thorning Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff's implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates..

Discovery of an alga’s ‘dictionary of genes’ could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine

Credit: Melissa Roth/HHMI and Andreas Walters/Berkeley Lab Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of..

Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

Conventional wisdom has it that within virus-bacteria population dynamics, viruses frequently kill their host bacterial cells--a process called lysis--especially when there's a large concentratio..