Mushrooms cropping

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMushrooms are cropping up everywhere as a result of last month’srainfall. Many look just like the ones you buy in the grocerystore. But University of Georgia experts warn that they may notbe safe to eat.In fact, chlorophyllum, a mushroom commonly seen in yards and ongolf courses, looks very similar to some edible mushrooms, saidCharles Mims, a plant pathologist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. But chlorophyllum is highly toxic and causes severe upsetstomach.”It’s one that will definitely make you sick to the point thatyou might even wish you were dead,” Mims said.To be safe, people should not eatwild mushrooms unless they areskilled in mushroom identification.”I would never suggest anyone go out and randomly collect wildmushrooms to eat,” Mims said. “You have to know what you’repicking.”Optimum conditionsConditions are ideal for mushrooms to reproduce right now. “They pop up when the environmental conditions are right and thisis usually triggered by moisture or temperature,” Mims said. Thisis why certain species are only seen in the fall of the year andothers only in the spring.”The drought conditions we’ve experienced over the past fewmonths have kept us from seeing [many] mushrooms, but the body ofthe mushroom, known as the mycelium is present year-round in thesoil.”Mycelium grows unseen usually alongside tree roots before formingmushrooms.Fungus among usMushrooms belong to the group of organisms known as fungi whichincludes the molds and mildews found on our foods and in ourhomes.”Pathogenic forms cause diseases in plants and animals includinghumans,” Mims said. The yeast we use for baking bread andproducing alcohol are also fungi.”According to Mims, other types of yeast may cause infection inhumans. Ringworm is another type of fungus infection that isharmful to humans.The domestic mushrooms we now find in grocery stores andrestaurant dishes were once wild mushrooms, he said. “Agaricus, the mushroom commonly found on pizzas, came fromnature back in 1760s in France,” he said. “Shiitake mushroomswere first domesticated in China in 500 A.D.”Call of the wild [mushroom]Mims says some cultures in Europe and Southeast Asia commonlycollect and eat wild mushrooms, but he doesn’t recommend amateursdo the same.”Collecting mushrooms is a big part of these cultures and it’s askill that is taught from one generation to the next,” he said. Mims recommends buying a good mushroom identification book orjoining a mushroom club to learn which ones are edible.”There are a number of excellent books available on mushrooms,”Mims said. “And there are a lot of people out there who docollect and eat wild mushrooms. There’s a group in Athens thattakes mushrooms walks and then meets to identify the samples theycollect.”If you do harvest wild mushrooms, Mims suggests that you firsthave them identified by someone who knows about edible andpoisonous species and that you consume only a very small portionthe first time you eat a new find. “There are a lot of wild mushrooms that are good to eat,” hesaid. “And there are some that will kill you. The most poisonousmushrooms in the world belong to the genus amanita. Their poisoncan destroy your liver and there is no good treatment available.”If you don’t want to risk getting a stomachache, Mims suggestsdining out.”You can always play it safe and go to a restaurant that serveswild mushrooms,” he said. “Then you get the experience withoutthe risk.”last_img read more

Swiss had a pandemic stockpile of alcohol. They got rid of it in 2018

first_imgDaily Tages-Anzeiger reported that the stockpile of 8,000 tons to 10,000 tons of ethanol to make disinfectant in case of a pandemic was gotten rid of two years ago amid efforts to privatize the nation’s alcohol market.The decision has contributed to shortages of disinfectant products including hand sanitizers. As in many nations, the products vanished from Swiss store shelves weeks ago.Now private industry from distilleries to Swiss perfume producer Givaudan are cranking out the alcohol-based gels to try and meet consumer needs.“It cannot be the case that such an important raw material as alcohol is suddenly missing in a pandemic situation,” Swiss federal politician and Christian Democratic Party member, Alois Gmuer told Tages-Anzeiger. Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland’s penchant for preparing for emergencies has won it praise.During the Cold War, the Swiss government required family homes to have a bunker and instructed citizens to stockpile food. Even today, residents are counseled on what supplies they should have on hand to ride out a crisis at home.Yet as demand for alcohol used to make hand sanitizer has soared amid the crisis, Switzerland is facing a possible shortage after abandoning its ethanol reserves in 2018. “But unfortunately it fits into the picture: The federal government has obviously neglected crisis preparedness,” he said.The Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply, which is in charge of the stockpiles, didn’t immediately provide a comment to Bloomberg.A government spokeswoman told Tages-Anzeiger that after liberalizing the alcohol market in 2018, the government wanted to give industry participants time before discussing plans to renew stockpiles. Those discussions were supposed to take place this year but now the coronavirus has intervened.In the name of emergency preparedness, Switzerland has previously stockpiled essential products including tobacco and metal screws.Swiss caffeine addicts bristled when the government declared coffee stockpiles not compulsory in 2019.The government also holds supplies of antibiotics, vaccines, rice, insulin and heating oil.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nordea’s life, pensions business grows 11% in Q1 on unit-link sales

first_imgAssets in unit-link products  continued to grow in the reporting period compared with the same period a year before.At the end of March, their share of total assets under management had risen by 4 percentage points.“As a result of the continuously increasing share of capital-light products in relation to total AUM, the Solvency I ratio increased by 7 percentage points in the first quarter, ending at 180,” Nordea said.Operating profit for the life and pensions business fell 1% from the fourth quarter 2013 to the first quarter of this year to €68m, it said, attributing the fall to seasonal effects. Compared with the first quarter of 2013, however, operating profit was 10% higher in the latest reporting period. Nordea’s life and pensions business grew by 11% in the first three months of this year from the previous quarter as the Nordic and Baltic banking group reported high levels of sales for unit-link products via its banking network.Gross written premiums in the Life & Pensions division rose to €2.06bn in the first quarter, up 11% from the fourth quarter 2013 and up 16% from the first quarter of 2013, the banking group said in its interim report.Nordea said: “The strong sales are primarily driven by solid sales momentum for market-return products in the Nordea Bank channel.”In the January-to-March period this year, unit-link products accounted for 87% of total gross written premiums, a 5 percentage point increase from the same quarter in 2013.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli booed by Adelaide crowd, surprisingly Ricky Ponting is not amused

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, has had a hostile relationship with the Australian public. In 2012, during the Sydney Test, he showed the middle finger to a section of the crowd that had been constantly abusing him while in 2014/15, his confrontations with the Australian players had not made him a very popular figure. In the first Test against Australia in Adelaide in 2018, Kohli was subject to boos from a small section of the crowd at the stadium and this has led to sharp criticism from former skipper Ricky Ponting and Travis Head, who smashed a vital fifty in the first innings.“I don’t like seeing it at all. It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple of times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what you’ve done in the game. It’ll be water off a duck’s back (for Kohli), I’m sure. He’s probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field,” Ponting told the official Cricket Australia website.Read More | Virat Kohli creates history in Adelaide Test against AustraliaPonting had faced plenty of booing from the crowd during Australia’s Ashes series in England in 2009. This is not the first instance that Kohli has been booed. Apart from Australia, the Indian skipper was booed in an IPL game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians and this came in for sharp criticism from Kohli at that time.Read More | Kohli’s celebration would make us look like ‘worst blokes in world’The Australian crowds have often targeted players from the opposition, most notably England pacer Stuart Broad during the 2013/14 Ashes series Down Under. Broad had refused to walk for a catch in the Trent Bridge Test in the previous series and this led to plenty of criticism.Travis Head, who scored a vital 72 in the first innings to restrict Australia’s deficit, also criticised the behaviour of the crowd. “He’s a pretty good player and probably doesn’t deserve to be booed but that’s how it is. It’s probably not needed but that’s the crowd,” Head said.India are gunning for a win in Adelaide as they look to break their hoodoo Down Under and register their first-ever Test series win in Australia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more