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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

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

African Indigenous Vegetables Production and Consumption Behavior of Farmers in Zambia: An Econometric Analysis

African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) have recently received wide attention for their contribution toward food and nutrition security. Promoting the production and consumption of AIVs is likely to mitigate food insecurity and alleviate malnutrition in the African region. To document and analyze existing patterns of AIV production in Zambia, farmers were surveyed in person using a … Read More

Featured in Edible New Jersey: Basil Bonanza

For more than three decades, basil has been a primary focus of [Dr. Jim Simon’s] research. At Rutgers, he oversees one of the world’s most extensive collections of basil from all over the world, more than 100 types. Most recently, he and his colleagues have been focused on developing sweet basil that’s resistant to downy … Read More

Prof. Jim Simon Awarded “2017 International Impact Award”

James “Jim” Simon, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology, was awarded “The 2017 Chancellor’s Award for International Impact” at the Chancellor’s Celebration of Faculty Excellence on October 17. Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, Debasish “Deba” Dutta, presented Simon with a plaque “in recognition of his more than twenty-five years of collaborative research in sub-Saharan … Read More

Mara Sanders selected for Borlaug Inst on Global Food Security

Plant Biology Graduate student Mara Sanders selected to participate in the 2017 Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security at Purdue University. The institute is a 2 week long program bringing together 40 graduate students from US Institutions interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security. This introduction to … Read More