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The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better future

As we are writing, the world is facing the global crisis of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Since the beginning of the outbreak, scientists have been struggling with establishing standards to overcome this challenging situation. Unlike for the common cold or the seasonal flu, treatments,... click to read more

  • Akira Ohkubo | PhD student at Department of Cell Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 2755
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 9, 2020
How almonds became sweet

Salads, vegan milk, yogurt, marzipan - all these products contain healthy sweet almonds. The almond ancestor, which still grows in the wild, carries bitter almonds. Consumption of its bitter kernels can be lethal to us and to wild herbivores. The bitterness comes from the presence... click to read more

  • Raquel Sánchez-Pérez | Senior Research Scientist at Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, Espinardo, Spain
  • Birger Lindberg Møller | Professor at VILLUM Research Center for Plant Plasticity, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 3358
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 7, 2020
The 10,000-year evolution of pasta food revealed by its DNA

Durum wheat is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world, and it is used mainly for pasta production. The origin of this crop dates back to the Neolithic, about 10,000 years ago, in the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of... click to read more

  • Caterina Marè | Role Researcher at CREA-Research Centre for  Genomics  and  Bioinformatics,  Fiorenzuola  d’Arda, Italy
  • A. M. Mastrangelo | Research Officer at CREA-Research  Centre  for  Cereal  and  Industrial  Crops,  Foggia and CREA-Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, Bergamo, Italy
  • S. Walkowiak | Research Officer at Crop Development Centre and Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Views 1790
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 18, 2019