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Plant inner workings point way to more nutritious crops

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Almost every calorie that we eat at one time went through the veins of a plant. If a plant’s circulatory system could be rejiggered to make more nutrients available – through bigger seeds or sweeter tomatoes – the world’s farmers could feed more people. » More …

Diet/gene breakthrough

Photo: John McNamara and Jennifer Sumner in WSU Pullman’s Knott Dairy Center. (Photo by Becky Phillips)In the first study to show that a specific nutrient could alter the expression of genes in the body fat of dairy cattle, John McNamara and Jennifer Sumner have raised the bar for animal production standards while adding to the greater understanding of human health issues.McNamara, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and (intercollegiate, multidisciplinary) Nutrition Program, and Sumner, his doctoral student and postdoctoral research associate, have demonstrated that chromium in the diet changes the metabolism of body fat in dairy cattle by stimulating the expression of certain genes … » More …