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The scented story of rice

A guest post by Debarati Chakraborty The power of aroma compounds to offer physical, mental and spiritual delight is...

Is Holey Bread, Holy Bread or Wholly Bread?

A 'bread-like object' with a hole in it illustrates a gap in our knowledge of prehistoric cuisine.

Dark soils are the shadow of hidden agriculture

Stains left in the soil from past farmers, and the plants they cultivated, are helping illuminate prehistoric inhabitants of the Amazon.

Uncovering the Plant Pompeii

While excavating in El Salvador, archaeologists sometimes found nothing at all - and that gave a surprising insight into what the ancient Maya grew.

Illuminating work on bean domestication

What can you do with a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun? One thing you can do is examine 4000 year old seed coatings.

Fancy a cool slice of watermelon?

This study uncovers the north-eastern African origins of the dessert watermelon and concludes that it was is domesticated there over 4000 years ago.

Genetic control of flowering time in the cereal foxtail millet: a funded PhD at University of Cambridge with Unilever

Crop science research today is top-heavy with work on just 3 species: wheat, maize and rice. However, advances in knowledge on these 3 crops...

Is the earliest wine getting earlier and earlier?

There's been a rash of stories about how new grape varieties will be needed to fight disease if wineries are to keep flowing. As...

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