Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals

Coyote tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) produces a potent neurotoxic substance: nicotine. The production of nicotine is regulated by plant hormones called jasmonates. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology ...

Study links tobacco microbials, carcinogens

University of Kentucky researchers have found a link between changes in microbial communities on tobacco leaves and the development of carcinogens during the curing process.

Softly-softly could make Big Tobacco turn over new leaf

Making and selling cigarettes may not be an edifying business, but it is a very lucrative one. In 2013 the profit of the world's top six tobacco companies was US$44.1 billion – equivalent to the combined profits of Coca-Cola, ...

Could Shakespeare have been high when he penned his plays?

State-of-the-art forensic technology from South Africa has been used to try and unravel the mystery of what was smoked in tobacco pipes found in the Stratford-upon-Avon garden of British playwright William Shakespeare.

Tobacco plants may boost biofuel and biorefining industries

Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels.

Study examines marketing deception's role in consumer thinking

Heavily marketed as a safer, healthful alternative to smoking, electronic cigarettes are under fire from California health officials who have declared "vaping" a public health threat, hoping to head off the type of deceptive ...

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