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Honeybees (Apis mellifera) Produce Honey from Flowers of Tea Plants (Camellia sinensis)

We obtained honey from the blooming flowers of tea plants (Camellia sinensis L.) pollinated by honeybees (Apis mellifera L.). Functional amino acids, theanine, which is a unique ingredient to tea, was determined using reversed-phase chromatography. We also determined the main ingredients: caffeine and catechins. The obtained honey contained theanine, which shows that it was derived…
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July 25, 2019 0

Reproducible Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation of Nigerian Cultivars of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

This study was carried out to develop transformation protocol for the possible improvement of local cultivars of tomatoes in Nigeria using complete randomized design (CRD). The research was conducted at the Plant Biotechnology Centre, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria between May 2009 and December 2009. Seeds of three promising farmer…
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July 25, 2019 0

Effects of Processing on Proximate Composition of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Leaf

Leaves of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis are processed using different methods depending on the intended application. Using three different processing methods, we investigated the effects of processing on the proximate constitution of the leaf. Result demonstrated that the fresh raw leaf had moisture content of 82.30 ± 0.42%, which were significantly (p<0.05) reduced by drying but not…
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July 24, 2019 0

A Review on Gongronema latifolium, an Extremely Useful Plant with Great Prospects

Gongronema latifolium is a plant that has a wide range of nutritional and ethnomedical uses in different tropical African communities. Scientific reports on the chemical composition and bioactivity (anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antioxidant, anticancer and allelopathic properties) of the plant material by different authors are discussed in this review. Future prospects of the plant extracts in…
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July 24, 2019 0

Isolation, Identification and Pathogenicity of Fungal Organisms Causing Postharvest Spoilage of Tomato Fruits during Storage

Tomato is one of the most widely grown and extensively consumed horticultural crops in the world. Isolation, identification and pathogenicity of fungal organisms causing postharvest spoilage of tomato fruits during storage was carried out. Tomato fruits showing symptoms of rot were collected from the store house. Small sizes were cut and surface sterilized in 1%…
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July 24, 2019 0

Isolation of Rare Salmonella Serovars, Wangata and Penarth from Chicken in Nsukka, Nigeria

Introduction: Salmonella infections remain a veterinary and public health problem of major importance. Poultry birds are known to be one of the major reservoirs of Salmonella and could consequently act as a vehicular transmission route to humans. Rare Salmonella serovars, whose epidemiological and serological patterns are not well understood, are becoming increasingly common in Nigeria…
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July 24, 2019 0