Ever wondered about the utilisation of valuable remnants from the wine industry to revolutionise ceramics? A groundbreaking study published recently has opened the door to a new era in ceramic production, exploring the wine industry surplus in an unexpected and astonishing way! In this exciting study, researchers investigated the potential of incorporating grape skins into red ceramics to assess their impact on the physical and mechanical properties of the clayey body. Five different compositions were prepared, each with varying percentages of biomass incorporation:0, 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10%. The specimens, crafted through vacuum extrusion in a laboratory extruder, were subjected to meticulous tests and analyses encompassing chemical, mineralogical, thermal, physical, morphological, and microscopic examinations of the clayey raw materials. This innovative approach not only contributes to sustainable practices by recycling wine industry by-products but also holds the promise of reshaping the future of ceramic production. By harnessing the potential of grape skins, we are not just creating ceramics; we are crafting greener, more sustainable tomorrow. Cheers to a future where the art of winemaking and ceramic craftsmanship intertwine, paving the way for a more eco-friendly and innovative world.
As the new school year begins, families are faced with the usual daily preparations. Questions arise about what lunch choices kids will make and what snacks they’ll consume. Parents of teenagers often assume their children can handle these decisions independently. But are they truly capable? What is the level of food literacy among our youth, and have we adequately prepared them for independence and autonomy? In this context, I came across an article published in August titled “Nutrition literacy status and its association with adherence to the Mediterranean diet, anthropometric parameters, and lifestyle behaviors among early adolescents.”
We will continue to seek government support to sustain our organic agriculture practices and to restore the old hydraulic olive oil mill, which will serve as the focal point for all our educational, scientific, and cultural activities. How can you help? You can participate in the events organized by Science & Wine and purchase our products at: https://www.science-and-wine-conferences.com/. I would greatly appreciate any companies who are willing to lend their support to this project. Keep an eye out for news and updates. Thank you for your support!
I decided to write this post after reading an article in the Portuguese newspaper, Expresso, which highlighted the negative health effects and cancer risks associated with the consumption of small amounts of alcohol. It is a personal reflection of a woman, mother, teacher, and scientist based on my perspective on the world and scientific evidence. Discussion about alcohol consumption? Yes, but for there to be results, common sense must prevail.
Ireland introduced legislation on May 22, 2023, requiring alcohol products to carry health warning labels. This aims to inform consumers about alcohol’s health risks. However, the effectiveness of such labels is debated, especially for wine due to its cultural significance, and according to scientific data beliefs in its health benefits may not be easily influenced by these warnings.
Discover how @Greengrape’s Projeto Capella is reshaping local development through sustainable initiatives. In this post we uncover the essence of Project Capella and its impact on local communities. Together, let’s embrace a journey towards sustainability, one step at a time.
Join us in celebrating the return of the “Tomate Coração de Boi do Douro” on August 25th at Quinta do Seixo, hosted by Sogrape in Tabuaço. The highly anticipated competition that highlights the exceptional qualities of the Tomate Coração de Boi do Douro is back, bringing together experts to crown this season’s finest tomato. The judging panel includes renowned chefs, oenologists, journalists, and other gastronomy enthusiasts. This tradition has become a cherished occasion for Douro wine producers, visitors, and tourists alike, all coming together to revel in an array of flavours centred around tomatoes and wines from participating vineyards. 🍅
Curious about the health benefits of tomatoes? We’ve delved into the advantages of tomato consumption, summarized in the article titled “Nutritional Composition and Bioactive Compounds in Tomatoes and Their Impact on Human Health and Disease: A Review” We extend a warm invitation to all to relish in the goodness of tomatoes, to cheer on Science & Wine as they compete for the “Tomate Coração de Boi do Douro” title, and to come together on August 26th in the village of Arroios, Vila Real, where the festivities continue under the umbrella of the Capella Project. Join us for a tomato tasting alongside exquisite olive oil and sea salt, hosted in the chapel. The event also includes the Capella Market – showcasing Douro DOC and Porto wines, delectable bites, tasting sessions, and the sale of local and regional products. Shall we rendezvous there? Admission is free. 🍅
A recent study suggests implications for theory and practice relative to brand management in terms of communication and image; and it proposes insights into novel communication tools and marketing activities for the winery tourism industry. Firms should employ a holistic evaluation of brand communication to involve the whole organization, which would enhance the strategic role that brand communication plays.
This study addresses the growing recognition of the importance of food and nutrition literacy, while highlighting the limited research in this field, particularly the gap between research and practice. Existing studies have primarily concentrated on defining and measuring food or nutrition literacy. Although interventions targeting food and nutritional literacy have shown promise in promoting healthy eating, further research is required to identify effective approaches in diverse populations and settings. This study emphasizes the need for additional research to measure intervention program efficacy to enhance the policies and practices in this critical area of public health. These findings underscore the importance of understanding food/nutrition literacy and developing effective interventions to promote healthy eating habits. By bridging the research–practice divide, this study provides valuable insights for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to address the gaps and improve food/nutrition literacy in various contexts.
For the first time, it was presented a DNA-based analytic tool for grapevine varietal discrimination using an integrated portable biosensor based on a monolayer graphene field-effect transistor array. The system comprises a wafer-scale fabricated graphene chip operated under liquid gating and connected to a miniaturized electronic readout. The platform can distinguish closely related grapevine varieties, thanks to specific DNA probes immobilized on the sensor, demonstrating high specificity even for discriminating single-nucleotide polymorphisms, which is hard to achieve with a classical end-point polymerase chain reaction or quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The reported biosensor provides a promising way toward developing decentralized analytical tools for tracking wine authenticity at different points of the food value chain, enabling data transmission and contributing to the digitalization of the agro–food industry.