Mango can boost your immunity
The pulp of the mango fruit is full of carotenoids, ascorbic acid, terpenoids, and polyphenols that are believed to have anti-cancer properties. They are also found to contain unique antioxidants that are absent in other fruits and vegetables, such as the polyphenols that may help decrease oxidative stress, which increases the risk of cancer.
Avocados are incredibly nutritious, as ⅕ of an avocado has only 64 calories, almost 6 grams of fat, 3.4 grams of carbs, less than one gram of sugar, and over 3 grams of fiber. Avocados are full of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Amylases are enzymes that break down complex carbs into sugars, for example, glucose and maltose. These enzymes are more active in ripe mangoes, making them sweeter than unripe ones.
Potassium is a mineral that serves as an electrolyte, and apricot contains high levels of it. Potassium is responsible for sending nerve signals and regulating muscle contractions and fluid balance in your body. Since potassium works closely with sodium to maintain fluid balance, sufficient intake can help prevent bloating and maintain healthy blood pressure.
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Apricots have naturally high amounts of water. That helps with the regulation of blood pressure, body temperature, joint health, and heart rate. Most people don’t drink enough water which means that apricots can help them reach their daily water intake goal.
By incorporating existing techniques such as gene discovery and selection, the aSSD platform can promote the favourable traits desired by plant breeders. Traits such as an ability to cope with climate and environmental stress and herbicide resistance to new pests and diseases present breeders with a competitive edge.
This work has been outstanding and one of GRDC’s investment success stories with practical impact on the ground.
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Dr Janine Croser is a farmer and a scientist. She and her team of researchers at UWA’s Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding, including Dr Federico Ribalta have developed a novel rapid generation turnover process to help meet changing needs. Their platform speeds the development of purebred seed lines for pulse breeders with improved crop quality, predictability and resilience of offspring in harsh climate conditions.
Dr Federico Ribalta, UWA
Plants react to lighting within their environment. The effect of light quality is therefore key to the aSSD platform. The team has developed novel light spectrum regimes integrating specific spectral outputs into the platform to promote rapid flowering and embryonic development.
Three selection methods (single seed descent (SSD), mass selection and selective intermating) were applied simultaneously to a highly heterogeneous and broadly based population of greengram. Progeny developing after two cycles of selection were evaluated for yield and seven other economic characters. The relative efficacy of each selection method was judged on the basis of the number of high yielding progeny, mean yield of top 10% progeny, and mean of the highest yielding progeny. Selection after two cycles of selective intermating was found to be the best method for generating productive progeny although mass selection favouring smaller seeds was an equally efficient method. Both of these were found superior to SSD selection.