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2008-01-30 16:58:06

Environmental stability in Africa WASHINGTON -- Africa's own fruits are a largely untapped resource that could combat malnutrition and boost environmental stability and rural development in Africa, says a new report from the National Research Council. African science institutes, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals could all use modern horticultural knowledge and scientific research to bring these "lost crops" -- such as baobab, marula, and butterfruit -- to their full...

2008-01-24 03:00:00

MADISON -- Double-crested cormorant populations on Green Bay and Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin are expected to fall in the coming years. The Natural Resources Board approved plans on Wednesday targeting the large, fish-eating bird that would cut the number of cormorant nests by about one-half on islands on Green Bay and Lake Michigan. About 90% of the state's breeding population lives in these waters. Cormorant numbers have sharply rebounded since they were almost wiped out in...

2007-11-07 10:40:08

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The number of loggerhead turtle nests was substantially lower in 2007 than in past years, according to preliminary numbers from scientists statewide. Scientists found 28,500 nests from 19 surveyed beaches, down from almost 50,000 last year. The number was so low that this could be the lowest nesting year on record for loggerheads, said Blair Witherington, a research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The turtles' nesting numbers...

2007-05-21 18:34:47

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Cliffs and trails leading to them have been closed in eight areas around Vermont to protect nesting peregrine falcons. The areas will remain closed until Aug. 1 unless a falcon pair does not nest or they're unsuccessful at nesting, the Fish and Wildlife Department said. "The areas closed include the portions of the cliffs where the birds are nesting and the trails leading to the cliff tops or overlooks," said Doug Blodgett, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife...

2007-01-03 14:50:31

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A pair of scimitar-horned oryxes from the Kansas City Zoo are among six from North America and four from Europe that are being reintroduced in Tunisia, the animals' native scrubland where they have been wiped out. The two animals, members of the antelope family, from Kansas City were among 23 that have been raised at the local zoo. They will be part of a new herd that conservationists hope will revive the breed in the wild. The scimitar-horned oryx has been pushed to...

2006-08-17 15:25:19

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many valerian-containing herbal sleep supplements do not contain as much of the key ingredient as needed to be effective or as much as the manufacturer claims, according to a ConsumerLab.com report on the topic. And some tested supplements were contaminated with cadmium or lead. Valerian, a popular herb used as a sedative and calming agent, "can help people with sleep problems," Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com said in a...

2006-08-17 15:25:00

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many valerian-containing herbal sleep supplements do not contain as much of the key ingredient as needed to be effective or as much as the manufacturer claims, according to a ConsumerLab.com report on the topic. And some tested supplements were contaminated with cadmium or lead. Valerian, a popular herb used as a sedative and calming agent, "can help people with sleep problems," Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com said in a...

2006-07-26 16:44:15

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities in six states on Wednesday arrested 44 suspected members of an international drug ring that smuggled more than 25 tons of the stimulant khat worth more than $10 million from Africa to U.S. cities. The arrests resulted from what authorities called the largest investigation of khat trafficking in U.S. history and coincided with fears the drug was growing in U.S. popularity and becoming a source of funding for Somali warlords. "We...

2006-06-08 19:08:04

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Delighted conservationists said on Friday that they had found conclusive proof of the existence of a rare giraffe-like creature in Congo's Virunga National Park that has defied the odds of survival in a region battered by savage conflict. First discovered in what is now Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1901, the shy forest-dwelling okapi had not been found in the park since 1959. It was known to be present elsewhere in...

2006-06-08 19:05:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Delighted conservationists said on Friday that they had found conclusive proof of the existence of a rare giraffe-like creature in Congo's Virunga National Park that has defied the odds of survival in a region battered by savage conflict. First discovered in what is now Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1901, the shy forest-dwelling okapi had not been found in the park since 1959. It was known to be present elsewhere in the Congo,...


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Montezuma Pine, Pinus montezumae
2014-07-15 13:27:17

Montezuma pine (Pinus montezumae) is native to Mexico and Central America and grows in the mountain ranges. This tree is known as ocote by the locals of Mexico. This tree has been planted successfully at mid altitudes in South Africa and Queensland, Australia, and at high altitudes in Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Bolivia. Trees planted in New Zealand and New South Wales, Australia have done well at sea level. The Montezuma pine grows at 6,562-10,500 feet above sea level where...

Macedonian Pine, Pinus peuce
2014-07-15 13:08:24

Macedonian Pine (Pinus peuce) is native to Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, southwest Serbia, as well as the extreme north of Greece. This pine has been neutralized and grows in Eastern Finland. This pine grows best at altitudes between 3,281feet and 7,218 feet with a few growing as low as 1,969 feet and as high as 7,546 feet. This pine tolerates shade as well as extreme cold, and grows in rocky soils that are acidic and poor in nutrients. This tree grows to heights...

Japanese White Pine, Pinus parviflora
2014-07-15 12:15:14

Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) is native to Japan and found growing in Kokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikaku; and South Korea, and Utsurio-To. The Japanese call it the Japanese five-needle pine. The Japanese White Pine grows from sea level up to 8,202 feet, but grows best between 3,281 feet and 4,921 feet. Dwarfism sets in when the trees grow above sub-alpine levels. This pine grows on steep, rocky slopes and prefers well-drained soils and full sun although it does not like intense...

Chinese White Pine, Pinus armandii
2014-07-14 16:49:23

Chinese White Pine (Pinus armandii) is native to China as well as northern Burma. This pine is known as Mount Hua pine in Chinese. This pine grows at altitudes between 3,281 and 10,830 feet in light sandy to medium soils that is acidic and well-drained as this tree can tolerate drought. This tree grows to heights of 115 feet with a trunk diameter that measures 3 feet 3 inches. The bark is grayish brown when immature and matures to blackish brown to grayish red brown. The trunk will have...

Ocote Pine, Pinus oocarpa
2014-05-16 09:55:29

Ocote pine (Pinus oocarpa) is native to Mexico and Central America. This tree is also known as the Mexican yellow pine, hazelnut pine, pino Amarillo, and pino avellano. This pine is closely related to the pinus greggii and pinus patula. This pine grows at altitudes of 3000-7000 feet above sea level while in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua it grows at lower altitudes of 2600 feet. In poor soils, the tree will only grow between 32.8 and 49.2 feet tall and up to 39.3 feet in shallow soil...

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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