Rice is an essential food source for more than 50% of the world’s population. Heat and drought stress are important factors limiting rice production exacerbated by the impending threat of climate change. Stress tolerant cultivars are needed to expand rice production. Drought tolerant varieties have been developed but in narrow genetic backgrounds characterized only in simulated growing conditions.
Background: Fresh produce has been associated with microbial outbreaks around the world thought to be caused in part by improper sanitation of fresh produce. Current disinfection methods rely on harsh chemicals which may alter the flavor of the fresh food or potentially cause an allergic reaction for some consumers. Furthermore the chemicals employed in sanitation may have a significant environmental impact. Technology Description: Researchers at the University of California Davis and Drexel University have developed a unique method for disinfecting produce.
Production of Milk Protein Concentrate with Energy and Environmental Savings and Reduced Equipment NeedsType:Product
Skim milk powder which consists of lactose protein and other small nutrients provides a means for storing and moving surplus skim milk. It conventionally has been used for protein fortification of formulated food products. However the use of skim milk powder in many food applications is limited because its high lactose content can potentially jeopardize the quality of the final product through lactose crystallization. Milk protein concentrate provides an alternative dried milk protein product.
Climate changes have made agriculture a difficult proposition for small farmers in rain-fed and marginal lands while available arable land is decreasing every year. Agricultural crops and vegetables that can thrive in conditions of drought high salinity high-temperature or heavy metal contamination will go a long way in addressing the world’s food needs.