New ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued
By Kim Kaplan
July 16, 2020
An odd kernel trait that sidelined a brown rice variety's commercial prospects and its link to increased vitamin E levels could give it a new commercial lease on life. This finding is part of the latest issue of the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs.
The latest issue, which reports discoveries from researchers at ARS laboratories nationwide, can be found at: https://www.ars.usda.gov/oc/fnrb/2020/fnrb0720/
Among other findings, the current issue reports:
- A new freeze-resistant Trichinella species has been discovered in wolverines. This is the first species of Trichinella discovered since 2012, and the 13th species identified since the genus was discovered in 1835. The new species has been named Trichinella chanchalensis.
- Five Romaine lettuce varieties have been identified that both brown less quickly after fresh-cut processing and are slower to deteriorate postharvest. The genetic basis also is being determined for deterioration.
- A procedure has been devised for using Pseudomonas reptilivora bacteria to convert glucose from bread waste into value-added products such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs is available on the web. Readers can sign up for either of two email options: They can receive the full text of the newsletter by email or simply an advisory when a new issue has been posted online.
For more information contact Kim Kaplan, ARS Office of Communications.
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Each dollar invested in agricultural research results in $20 of economic impact.