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Analysis of Fresh Strawberries Reveals Consumer Preferences

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Sensory, chemical analysis links harvest dates, sweetness to consumer favorites

StrawberriesWINTER HAVEN, FL—Fresh strawberries. Just the mention of this iconic spring and early summer fruit can elicit mouthwatering memories of shortcake, fruity drinks and sweet desserts. Researchers interested in learning more about this evocative fruit have determined that “sensory quality” of strawberries, a strong influence on consumer preferences, is the result of a complex balance of sweetness, aroma, texture, and appearance.
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Color Test Enhances Tomato Analyzer Software

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TACT proves accurate, user-friendly in digital image analysis of color in fruits, vegetables

WOOSTER, OH—When it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits, color is one of the best indicators of quality. Along with texture, size, and flavor, color plays an important role in the business of horticultural crop production and marketing.

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Indoor Plants Can Reduce Formaldehyde Levels

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Air quality improves when live plants introduced

SEOUL, KOREA—The toxic gas formaldehyde is contained in building materials including carpeting, curtains, plywood, and adhesives. As it is emitted from these sources, it deteriorates the air quality, which can lead to "multiple chemical sensitivity" and "sick building syndrome", medical conditions with symptoms such as allergies, asthma, and headaches. The prevalence of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) is greater in new construction.

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Red alert: Wild strawberries may reduce cancer risk

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Seven wild strawberry types identified as tasty new "super foods"



Seven types of wild strawberries, Fragaria virginiana, contain higher antioxidant levels and more potential to reduce cancer risk.
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BELTSVILLE, MD --- We've all seen the term "super food" used to describe those nutrition-loaded edibles that promote health and discourage disease. Powerhouse foods high in antioxidants and phytochemicals that block the development of cancer cells have been touted as nature's way to fight off the potentially devastating disease.

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"Smart" flower bulbs pull themselves to deeper ground

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Bulbs dig deep in search of best growing conditions



Mature mother bulb before and after root development. Note a bulblet formed on a scale of the middle bulb. On the right is a single bulblet with a contractile root.
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ITHACA, NY -- Confused about the right planting depth for flower bulbs? Trust the bulbs! Researchers have discovered that some flower bulbs are actually "smart" enough to adjust themselves to the right planting depth. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science proved that bulbs can adjust their planting position by moving deeper into the ground, apparently in search of moister, more conducive growing conditions.

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How sweet is it?

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New crop simulation model can predict quality and yield of sweet corn

GAINESVILLE, FL -- We love it fresh, canned and frozen. It's grown in every state, and according to a recent study published by the American Society for Horticultural Science, adds up to a whopping $807 million per year industry in the U.S. In other words, sweet corn is big business.

Fresh market production of sweet corn in the U.S. peaks in July, with only ten percent of the annual volume marketed during winter months. Fresh sweet corn is extremely perishable as a result of rapid decrease in sugar content, discoloration and risk of pathogen infection. This intricate combination of seasonal production limitations and the perishable nature of the vegetable sparked an interest in finding reliable methods for predicting the timing, quality and weight of sweet corn crops.

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