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Bhimu Patil receives the Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award

By Kathleen Phillips Apr 21, 2017 Dr. Bhimu Patil (Texas A&M AgriLife photo) COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, received the 2017 Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in Austin April 21. The Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award is given to “individuals whose careers have demonstrated leadership with industry stakeholders and made substantial contributions to the advancement of science or promotion of produce for health through educational activities.” The award…

Texas A&M conducts cantaloupe honeydew research

To understand changes in the melon industry — cantaloupe, honeydew and other varieties, but not watermelon — Texas A&M University is conducting a survey to gather information about all aspects of the industry. The goal is to establish the needs and perceptions of melon stakeholders — consumers, producers and retailers, according to Bhimu Patil, director of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M and the project’s director. “The outcome will help to develop new cultivars and varieties to make sure our research and outreach efforts will…

AgriLife Research project gathers momentum

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charlie Rush, 806-354-5804, crush@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dr. Charlie Rush is claiming success – tomatoes from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research high tunnel project are being sold in an Amarillo grocery store. Texas A&M AgriLife-grown tomatoes were offered for sale in United Supermarkets in Amarillo. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Dr. Charlie Rush) And now the real work begins. “We delivered tomatoes to United Supermarket in Amarillo, and they were thrilled to get them,” Rush said. “The next day we delivered jalapenos…

Nobody Can Prove That Cold-Pressed Juice Is Better for You IF YOU’RE THE type of modern citizen with a gym membership and/or a road bike, you’ve probably heard at least a little about cold-press juicing. Celebrities deliver breathless testimonials about their juice’s improved nutritional profile, magically legitimizing $12-a-bottle prices. And startups are popping up to capitalize on the trend—one raising $120 million by promising to deliver pre-packaged fruit, ready to be juiced on its proprietary machine. The science, at first, sounds pretty good. Good enough, at least, to…

Is cold-pressed juice really that healthy, or is it all just hype?

By DAVE MCGINN The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, May. 21 2015, 3:13 PM EDT Last updated Thursday, May. 21 2015, 5:35 PM EDT Cold-pressed juice is the elixir for our time-starved, nutrient-deprived lives, if its devotees are to be believed. That’s part of the reason a 355-ml bottle can cost $12. The latest health fad has become a multibillion-dollar industry and has been deemed the new “status symbol,” helped along by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow. Companies such as Whole Foods and Starbucks are riding the trend,…

U.S. Food Industry Leaders to Convene for Health Talks in Texas

Produce For Health Marks Vegetable, Fruit Improvement Center’s 20th Year People interested in healthy foods are invited to a day-long conference Feb. 25 in College Station to hear the latest findings on connections between fruit and vegetable production and medical advances. The conference, geared toward consumers, will include presentations by researchers, producers, allied produce industry leaders from across the United States and will mark the 20th anniversary of Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center. To read the full article about the upcoming conference click here.

5 Of The Tastiest Aggie Foods

Over the years, researchers across Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System have cultivated and fine-tuned countless varieties of grains, fruits, vegetables and meats. By focusing these projects on creating high-quality, efficient, economical and environmentally-sound products, Texas A&M has left its mark across the food industry, on everything from carrots to salsa. While there have been numerous foods created and developed by Aggie researchers, here’s a rundown of five of the tastiest.             Aggie Honey Texas A&M Brand Beef Jerky The TAM Jalapeño The Texas 1015 Onion…

NABC25 Poster Presentation

Recently VFIC students, Priyanka Chaudhary, Akshata Kulkarni, Jose Perez, Michael Harris, Sabrina Myers, Natacha Villegas & DJ Vandenberge, participated in the poster contest at the North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council 25th Annual Conference. All of our students did an excellent job and worked very hard preparing and presenting their posters. We are proud to announce that we had several award winners! Second Place: DJ Vandenberge & Natacha Villegas Impact of undergraduate students on biotechnology research at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Fourth Place:…

Journal Article by VFIC Researchers Ranked in Top 10 Most Read

Journal article, 5-Geranyloxy-7-Methoxycoumarin Inhibits Colon Cancer (SW480) Cells Growth by Inducing Apoptosis, ranked number eight in a list of the top 10 most popular articles in Planta Medica for the months of January-April. Authors of this article are as follows: Jaiprakash R. Patil, Guddadarangavvanahally K. Jayaprakasha, Jinhee Kim, Kotamballi N. Chidambara Murthy, Mahadev B. Chetti, Sang-Yong Nam, and Bhimanagouda S. Patil. Abstract: For the first time, three coumarins were isolated from the hexane extract of limes (Citrus aurantifolia) and purified by flash chromatography. The structures were identified by NMR (1D,…

The Packer Names Importer of the Year

McALLEN, Texas — Jimmy Bassetti, founder and owner of J&D Produce Inc., Edinburg, receivedThe Packer’s 2013 Importer of the Year Award March 7 at the America Trades Produce conference. “He has a really broad perspective about the industry,” said Bret Erickson, president of Mission-based Texas International Produce Association, which co-sponsors the event in cooperation with the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz. To see the rest of this story, click the following link: The Packer names Importer of the Year For further information, visit www.thepacker.com