Researchers are uncovering the biological secrets — and potential health benefits — of one of the world’s most consequential plants.
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Other than plain water, tea is the world’s favourite beverage. Researchers are now uncovering its biological secrets, opening the door to an array of potential benefits.
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Genetic studies of today’s tea plants are providing clues to how the plant was first domesticated.
International efforts to enhance the quality of tea are falling short of their potential — mainly because of the way that research is conducted in countries that dominate tea production.
Researchers are struggling to translate promising preclinical findings on green tea into meaningful benefits.
Researchers are discovering how the ingredients in a cup of tea can lift mood, improve focus and perhaps even ward off depression and dementia.
Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns can affect the growing season, flavour and health benefits of tea.
Genetic manipulation and innovative breeding techniques are paving the way to new tea varieties.
Quantum dots, which have potential uses in medical imaging and solar cells, could be made with help from the polyphenols found in tea leaves.