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Biodegradable, edible film kills pathogens on seafood

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to researchers....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:41:50 EST

New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

An international team of palaeontologists has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs -- pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:59:08 EST

Baboon sexes differ in how social status gets 'under the skin'

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

A growing body of evidence shows that those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder are more likely to die prematurely than those at the top. The pattern isn't unique to humans: Across many animals, the lower an individual's social status, the worse thei...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:58:55 EST

Sphinx molecule to rescue African farmers from witchweed

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

An interdisciplinary team has discovered a highly potent and selective molecule, SPL7, that can lead seeds of the noxious parasitic weed Striga to suicide germination....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:57:39 EST

Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help?

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis modestia. ...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:38 EST

Do you know the carbon footprint of your food choices?

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Consumers greatly underestimate the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with their food choices, but they'll favor items with a lower carbon footprint if they're given clear information on the label, according to new research....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:27 EST