Plants can smell? New research shows how it works

Who needs a nose, anyway? Research nearly 20 years in the making from the University of Tokyo shows for the first time how plants can “smell” using odor receptors that function on a molecular level.

The project, begun in 2000, shows that there is a molecular basis to odor detection in plants. It works like […]

Online game aims to help in fight against mycotoxins

Game screenshot courtesy the University of Washington

It sounds silly, but on World Food Day 2017 (October 16) a series of computer-based puzzles were introduced centered on the structure of an enzyme that can degrade the deadly mycotoxin aflatoxin.

(A mycotoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced by mold or fungus growing on crops […]