Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses "chip grafting" to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. He's created more than a dozen of the trees that have been planted at sites such as museums around the U.S., which he sees as a way to spread diversity on a small scale.
Fossilized peach pits unearthed in China suggest the deliciously juicy fruits were around long before humans began domesticating them.
Bioactive compounds found in the oregano and eucalyptus plant oils could eliminate fungi that grows on fruits and vegetables, keeping them fresh for longer periods and safer to eat.
Although researchers have long believed mouse-eared bats strictly fed on insects, it appears they also consume local fruits. In doing so, they help to disperse seeds that ensures the growth of local fauna.
After comparing urban fruits to their commercially grown counterparts, researchers have determined that the urban-grown produce is more nutrient-rich in calcium and iron and is free of lead and arsenic.
Among all bat species, African straw-colored fruit bats are record-holding flyers. This enables them to successfully forage for food, while spreading seeds and pollen over wide-spread areas of Africa.
Spider monkeys rely on their sense of smell in order to determine when fruit has ripened to perfection. This is an example of coevolution between the fruit-producing trees and the fruit-eating monkeys.
In a curious new study, researchers have realized that pesticides in fruits and vegetables may affect the quality of men's semen.
Editors often hype up headlines in that dog-eat-dog world of online reporting. But sometimes, nature provides a story so absolutely bananas that you can't go wrong. Such was the case in Bristol, England, when a bag of fruit shipped in from Brazil was found to be infested with a dangerous spider whose bite can give a man a four-hour-long erection. You can't make this stuff up...