Years 6 | n. 52 | 19 April 2014

Heart-healthy benefits of Mediterranean diet

New Italian data uncover specific association between diet and blood cell markers of heart attack- and stroke-associated inflammation


More production in Africa, less olive oil in the Middle Eas due climate change

Climate warming will affect olive yield and fly infestation levels across the Mediterranean Basin, resulting in economic winners and losers at the local and regional scales

Olive & Oil

New evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study


Natural plant compounds may assist chemotherapy

Falcarinol type compounds such as those found in carrots and parsley may support the delivery of drug compounds which fight breast cancer


Table olives are not all the same. It is not just the variety to make a difference

The loss, even percentage, of sugars, phenols and flavonoids is not equal for all cultivars. To influence the final organoleptic characteristics may be, however, also the bacteria involved in the fermentation. In Italy dominates the Lactobacillus pentosus

Olive & Oil

Why dark chocolate has health benefits?

People could experience even more health benefits when dark chocolate is combined with solid fruits like pomegranates and acai


The nitrogen uptake efficiency in olive trees

Annual applications of large amounts of fertilizer nitrogen may cause nitrogen over-fertilization and negative effects in both the plant and the environment

Olive & Oil

How many bubbles are in your bubbly?

A scientist has now closely examined the factors that affect these bubbles, and he has come up with an estimate of just how many are in each glass

Grapevine & Wine

A new approach to detecting unintended changes in GM foods

Does genetic manipulation cause unintended changes in food quality and composition? Are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts, for example, or different in unknown ways?

Science News

Biondi Santi and Chateau d'Yquem take the Vinitaly International Award 2014

The awards will be presented during the Gala Evening in Palazzo della Gran Guardia prior to the opening of Vinitaly. The same occasion will also see the announcement of the winners of the Communicator of the Year Award

Grapevine & Wine

Africaís youth key to strengthening agricultural economy

More investment needed to create new opportunities for young people in the sector, FAO Director-General tells Regional Conference


Climate change, malnutrition, family farming and agri-food trade on FAO radar

UN food and agriculture chief: ready to work with European and Central Asian countries facing food insecurity, obesity, high rates of food waste and losses


Customers prefer restaurants that offer nutrition facts and healthful foods

Customers are more likely to frequent restaurants that provide both healthful foods and nutrition information, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Tennessee


Diabetes in middle age may lead to brain cell loss later in life

People who develop diabetes and high blood pressure in middle age are more likely to have brain cell loss and other damage to the brain, as well as problems with memory and thinking skills


FDA approves first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of certain grass pollen allergies

Allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis are chronic diseases affecting children and adults. These allergic diseases affect approximately 30 million people in the United States and more than 500 million persons worldwide


Global market for anti-aging to be worth USD 191.7 billion by 2019

The anti-aging market is poised for a healthy compounded annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2013 and 2019


New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

Rapid rise highlights need to monitor nicotine exposure through e-cigarette liquid and prevent future poisonings


No crisi for Italian wines: exports up by 37% from 2008

Year by year increases in international sales by now for the first time worth more than 5 billion euros and growth in 2013 by a further 7% over the previous year. In just five years, export have expanded 3,673 to 5,039 billion euros


Olive oil, operation of the Italian authorities Icqrf and Coast Guard

A cistern of Spanish olive oil without transportation documents, thus subjected to the risk of changing the productís origin, was seized Salerno


Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health

The mice on the green-tea-extract-and-exercise regimen also experienced a 17 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose level, a 65 percent decrease in plasma insulin level and reduction in insulin resistance of 65 percent -- all substantial improvements related to diabetic health


Risk of obesity from eating fried foods may depend on genetic makeup

The study showed that the association between overconsumption of fried foods and obesity was particularly pronounced among people with a greater genetic predisposition to obesity


Saudi Arabia baby food will expand

Rapidly expanding economy and increasing 0-4 years old population to drive the baby food market in Saudi Arabia


Scientific evidence shows need to regulate antimicrobial ingredients in consumer products

Does the widespread and still proliferating use of antimicrobial household products cause more harm than good to consumers and the environment?



Harvesting and pruning olive trees

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In the Olympus of monocultivar olive oil: the Tonda Iblea

An extra virgin with the face of an angel, the Cherubino Terraliva, fresh and herbaceous. Pungent and bitter fruit in balance of 1,700 plants, even a hundred years old, grown using organic methods

di Stefano Polacchi


Lantieri de Paratico, a little jewel in Franciacorta area for a perfect toast

The reserve Origines, is dressed in gold. Sensual sensations of small pastries fused with notes of candied citrus, lime zest and lime flavors will delight your nose. Freshness and minerality your mouth

di Alberto Grimelli


An easy ang vegan recipe after Christmas holidays

Cabbage and carrots may be typical slaw ingredients, yet this slaw is anything but. Taking a cue from Moroccan cuisine

di Marisa Giuliani


Complete guide for growing plants hydroponically

This new book offers valuable information for the commercial grower, the researcher, the hobbyist, and the student interested in hydroponics


International visitors spend $15.8 billion in January 2014

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that international visitors to the United States spent $15.8 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in January 2014. Travel and tourism-related exports averaged nearly $510 million a day during the month


Walking about in Riga, the European Capital of Culture in 2014

Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture, has for a long time given many treasures to the culture of Europe


Recent industry reports show Omanís tourism industry increased in 2013

Almost 2.1 million global tourists visited Oman last year