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Can functional foods be obtained by exposing plants to UV-B?

by Uthman Badmus, School of BEES, University College Cork The awareness of the link between human food consumption and health continues to drive the demand for foods that provide both basic nutrition and improve health (e.g. prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes). Such foods are termed functional foods 1, 2. Examples of functional […]

Ultraviolet Back in Time

by Bianca Govi, School of BEES, University College Cork For me, as for everyone, the past 4 months have brought unexpected changes to work and research activities. Just as long-awaited lab supplies were finally delivered, the University was shut down as part of infection prevention measures. For months I had been planning lab work and […]

UV effects on Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)

by Gaia Crestani, School of BEES, University College Cork Introduction Melissa officinalis L., commonly known as lemon balm (Figure 1), belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, like many aromatic plants such as mint, sage, rosemary, thyme and basil. It is a herbaceous perennial, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean where it grows freely. The […]