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This program seeks to bring together botany, ethnobotany, environmental science horticulture, agronomy, genetics, chemistry, food science, medicinal chemistry into a single unique program to develop new crop production, processing, product standardization, to identify new bioactive compounds that are of potential health or commercial interest.

With Our International Partners We Are Able to Develop Women’s Programs to Provide Means for Sustainable Economic Development

The Women Of Nsongwe was directed, filmed and edited by Rutgers Center for Digital Film-making student Jean-Paul Issacs in Zambia, Africa. Narrated by rural women in southern Zambia, this short film features the USAID funded research of Professor Jim Simon and his African based NGO ASNAPP-Zambia team, providing women farmers with the means to economic independence.

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Our program is currently working formally in over five different African countries providing technical support and expertise in plant improvement, germplasm evaluation, chemistry, quality control and the introduction of new technologies.

Rutgers “Scarlet Hot Sauce” Makes its Debut as Release from Exotic Pepper Project

The Exotic Pepper Project team of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) announced the release of a new hot sauce made from Rutgers-grown hot peppers. “Scarlet Hot Sauce” was made available to Rutgers Dining Services on October 12 in a limited first-run. The spicy concoction is a result of over two years of collaboration initiated in 2018 between the Exotic Pepper Project team,  Rutgers Dining Services, … Read More

New publication: Selection for delayed flowering time in response to long photoperiod to increase vegetative growth and multiple harvests in spider plant (Cleome gynandra)

NUAPP members published in a special issue series of the Journal of Medicinally Active Plants focused on African Indigenous Vegetables. ABSTRACT Spider plant (Cleome gynandra), an herbaceous annual commonly used as a leaf vegetable across Sub-Saharan Africa is valuable as a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. However, little work has been done to … Read More

Power on Your Plate: All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth — 25-28 January 2021

  Join this important pan-African summit to explore the role of traditional vegetables in strengthening and diversifying food systems, reducing poverty, energizing industry, and improving health and income for all citizens.   Register Here

Influence of Diet-Induced Obesity on the Bioavailability and Metabolism of Raspberry Ketone (4-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butanone) in Mice

New article published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research! Abstract Objectives: Raspberry ketone (RK) is the primary aroma compound in red raspberries and a dietary supplement for weight loss. This work aims to 1) compare RK bioavailability in male versus female, normal-weight versus obese mice; 2) characterize RK metabolic pathways. Methods: Study 1: C57BL/6J male and female … Read More

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