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2013-01-23 12:21:58

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honoring natural resource conservation projects focused on protecting wetlands and streams in the Southeast is an annual tradition for Southern Company and other key supporters of the Five Star Restoration program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080801/SOCOLOGO) The latest event, held this week at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 headquarters in Atlanta, recognized community-based environmental stewardship projects...

2013-01-17 10:41:23

Marginal lands ­— those unsuited for food crops — can serve as prime real estate for meeting the nation´s alternative energy production goals. In the current issue of Nature, a team of researchers led by Michigan State University shows that marginal lands represent a huge untapped resource to grow mixed species cellulosic biomass, plants grown specifically for fuel production, which could annually produce up to 5.5 billion gallons of ethanol in the Midwest alone....

2013-01-01 10:45:31

Trees and the insects that eat them wage constant war. Insects burrow and munch; trees deploy lethal and disruptive defenses in the form of chemicals. But in a warming world, where temperatures and seasonal change are in flux, the tide of battle may be shifting in some insects' favor, according to a new study. In a report published today (Dec. 31, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports a rising...

2012-12-28 05:03:48

Sparkling wine isn't just for toasting the New Year, it´s also the perfect pairing with fresh blueberries from Chile in this elegantly surprising new recipe Fresh Blueberry and Pear Champagne Aperitif. This sweet and tangy cold beverage is the perfect starter to ring in 2013, a sophisticated and colorful complement to the year-end celebratory repast. SONOMA, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2012 Sparkling wine isn't just for toasting the New Year, it´s also the perfect pairing with fresh...

Invasive Grass May Be Contributing To Extreme Wildfires
2012-12-06 13:33:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists comprised of members from Penn State, UMass Amherst, UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and University College London has revealed that an invasive grass species may be one reason that fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western U.S. Using satellite imagery, the team identified cheatgrass — a plant species accidentally introduced by western settlers during the 1800s...

Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic Propelled By 2001-2002 Drought
2012-11-05 14:04:12

University of Colorado Boulder Beetles then moved into wetter and higher elevations A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows for the first time that episodes of reduced precipitation in the southern Rocky Mountains, especially during the 2001-02 drought, greatly accelerated development of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The study, the first ever to chart the evolution of the current pine beetle epidemic in the southern Rocky Mountains, compared patterns of beetle outbreak...

2012-10-19 07:23:43

CARVER, Mass., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cranberries in many forms are enjoyed by millions of people globally on a daily basis. Despite the discussions stemming from the recent Cochrane Review, "Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections", cranberry science and nutrition experts assert that consumers should still feel confident in consuming cranberries as a means of maintaining urinary tract health. There is a wealth of scientific evidence, from independent research...

2012-10-11 15:21:42

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced that Richard Flavell, PhD., will transition from his position as Chief Scientific Officer and an executive officer of the company to a new role of Chief Scientific Advisor. Flavell will maintain his seat on the Ceres board of directors and now serve as an exclusive consultant to the company in the field of commercial bioenergy crops. Flavell joined Ceres in 1998...

2012-10-01 10:26:05

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lonza, a global leader in the life sciences industry, is pleased to announce the launch of Alomune, a safe, daily immune supplement made with natural extracts from the renewable Minnesota Larch Tree that optimize the body's immune response to help people stay healthy. "We are extremely pleased to introduce Alomune to the market," said Marshall Fong, Director of Consumer Marketing for Lonza. "Unlike many other immune products currently available to...

Napiergrass: A Possible Biofuel Crop For The Sunny Southeast
2012-09-28 12:52:47

A grass fed to cattle throughout much of the tropics may become a biofuel crop that helps the nation meet its future energy needs, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist. Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum) is fairly drought-tolerant, grows well on marginal lands, and filters nutrients out of runoff in riparian areas, according to William Anderson, a geneticist in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit in Tifton, Ga. ARS is...


Latest Flora of the United States Reference Libraries

Needles and cones, Bishop Pine, Pinus muricata
2014-04-18 10:20:50

Bishop pine (Pinus muricata) grows on or near the coast in California and Mexico; becoming endangered in Mexico. This tree also goes by the name of prickle cone pine, bull pine, Obispo pine, Santa Cruz pine and dwarf marine pine. This pine relies on the dense fog from the coast for its water supply as well as rainwater. This pine is also highly dependent on forest fires for future regeneration and may become extinct with the prevention of forest fires in its region. The Bishop pine grows...

Arizona Pine, Pinus arizonica
2014-04-18 10:05:00

Arizona pine (Pinus arizonica) is found in the United States in northern Mexico, southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and western Texas. The Arizona pine closely resembles the Ponderosa Pine found growing in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Arizona south to Durango, CO. The Arizona pine grows in high elevations from 5906-8038 feet. It is a medium to tall pine growing to heights of 82-114.8 feet tall with a trunk diameter of up to 3 feet 11 inches. The bark on young trees is dark brown...

Apache Pine, Pinus engelmannii
2014-04-18 09:53:30

Apache pine (Pinus engelmannii) grows in the south west from northern Mexico to southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. This pine is closely related to the Michoacan pine and the longleaf pine. The Apache pine grows on canyon slopes, ridges, and stream-side terraces at altitudes between 5000 and 9100 feet above sea level. The climate preferred by this tree is somewhat dry with little rainfall during the summer. This pine can grow in all types of soil from sandy to clay and sand...

Spruce Pine, Pinus glabra
2014-04-17 13:33:21

Spruce pine (Pinus glabra) grows along the coastline of the southern United States, from South Carolina to Florida and west to Louisiana. The Spruce pine rarely grows in pure stands, most often it is found inter dispersed among mixed hardwoods. This pine grows best in damp acidic soil, swamp to river, as well as in shady areas. The pine grows best in the hot and humid weather found in the southern hemisphere as well as tolerating mild winters. This pine also goes by the names cedar pine,...

Slash pine, Pinus elliottii
2014-04-17 13:14:58

Slash pine (Pinus elliottii) is native to the southeastern United States, from South Carolina to Louisiana along with the Florida Keys and 45 percent, growing in Georgia. The name derives from the “slashes” for which they live. Slashes are swampy areas overgrown with trees and bushes. The Slash pine has adapted well outside of its natural range in areas such as Kentucky, Virginia and East Texas. This tree is also known as the yellow slash pine, southern pine, swamp pine, Cuban pine, or...

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