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Breeding, technological advances enhance taste, texture and nutrition of plant-based protein

Food Navigator | 4 min. read

Plant-based manufacturers and ingredient suppliers are investing heavily in crop development and fractionation as well as technical and mechanical innovations to improve the taste, texture, nutrition and cost of their products in an effort to woo more consumers and drive-up sales and volume, according to the Good Food Institute.

Simple addition to corn bran could boost grain's nutritional value 15-35%

What if, by adding a couple of cell layers inside a corn kernel, the grain could become significantly richer in essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and protein? Such an improvement could benefit people who rely on corn for a large portion of their diet, as in many parts of the global south. In a new study, University of Illinois scientists show it’s possible to increase iron up to 35% and zinc up to 15% compared to parent lines simply by adding cell layers in the bran.

Newswise | 4 min. read

Spain facing food shortages as severe drought leads to crop failure

A winter drought in southern Europe has led to water use restrictions in France and Italy, while some Spanish ecologists warn the country's cereal crops may become unsustainable in the future.

Euronews | 4 min. read

European Space Agency creates WorldCereal

Global food security is a major challenge in the face of population growth and climate change. One of the first steps in achieving food security for all is to know which crops are growing where and how – each season. Recently launched, ESA’s WorldCereal is the world’s first dynamic system capable of providing seasonally updated crop information to help monitor agricultural production across the globe. It provides a vital tool for policymakers, international organizations and researchers to better understand global crop and irrigation patterns, as well as inform decision-making related to food security and sustainable agriculture.

ESA | 5 min. read

Winter cover crops could reduce nitrate in drainage water by 30%

As Corn Belt states seek ways to curb nitrogen flow from farms into the Gulf of Mexico, new University of Illinois research adds evidence for winter cover crops as an important part of the solution. A simulation study published in Science of the Total Environment finds widespread planting of cereal rye in Illinois could reduce nitrate in the state’s tile drainage water by 30%. The research team, part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and The Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois, knew from small-scale studies that cover crops are capable of sucking nitrate out of soil water, with long-lasting effects throughout the growing season. Their new study is the first to estimate cereal rye’s potential on a statewide level.

Morning AgClips | 3 min. read

past issues

May 4, 2023 | Breeding, technological advances enhance taste, texture and nutrition of plant-based protein

April 20, 2023 | Wheat disease’s global spread concerns researchers

April 6, 2023 | In Ukraine, grain shortages reverberate beyond borders

March 23, 2023 | UK scientists are growing genetically edited wheat to reduce cancer risk from burnt foods

March 9, 2023 | Wheat's ancient roots of viral resistance uncovered

Feb. 23, 2023 | The 2023 farm bill should empower farmers to feed America

Feb. 9, 2023 | Will fading La Nina boost prospects for the 2023 U.S. corn crop?

Jan. 26, 2023 | NASDA announces 2023 federal policy focus

Jan. 12, 2023 | ‘Holy grail’ wheat gene discovery could feed our overheated world

Dec. 15, 2022 | Celebrating a successful Cereals & Grains 22

Dec. 1, 2022 | A shift to whole grain food would reduce malnutrition and diseases

Nov. 17, 2022 | Ukraine’s sparse wheat plantings are sowing further trouble for global food security

Nov. 3, 2022 | How whole grain can help make the world a better place

Oct. 20, 2022 | Examining 300 years of wheat collections to make crucial crop more robust for future food

Oct. 6, 2022 | Innovate the future of food at Cereals & Grains 22

Sept. 22, 2022 | Climate change, conflict decimate Syria's grain crop

Sept. 8, 2022 | Russia threatens to limit Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports

Aug. 25, 2022 | World food shortage going from 'bad to worse'

Aug. 11, 2022 | Growing cereal crops with less fertilizer

July 28, 2022 | How will the Ukraine grain deal affect the global food crisis?

July 14, 2022 | Alternative proteins may be best investment for slowing climate change

June 30, 2022 | Russia ‘turning wave of food crises into tsunami’ by blocking grain exports

June 16, 2022 | French grain production continues slide

June 2, 2022 | New study reveals just how bleak the future is for corn

May 19, 2022 | Fertilizer, grain shortages contributing to rising food prices

May 5, 2022 | The geopolitics of wheat

April 21, 2022 | Alternative flours fuel snack food innovation

April 7, 2022 | USDA offers surprises in Prospective Plantings report

March 24, 2022 | Record high fertilizer prices spark fears of global starvation

March 10, 2022 | How the Russia-Ukraine War will make bread unaffordable in some countries

February 24, 2022 | 89% of consumers support companies that make plant-based products

February 10, 2022 | Welcome to inGRAINed!


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