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2011-07-15 09:33:21

By Kim McDonald, UC San Diego Farmers and other astute observers of nature have long known that crops like corn and sorghum grow taller at night. But the biochemical mechanisms that control this nightly stem elongation, common to most plants, have been something of a mystery to biologists"”until now. In this week's early online publication of the journal Nature, biologists at the University of California, San Diego report their discovery of a protein complex they call the "evening...

2011-07-13 23:55:00

Farmers and other astute observers of nature have long known that crops like corn and sorghum grow taller at night. But the biochemical mechanisms that control this nightly stem elongation, common to most plants, have been something of a mystery to biologists"”until now. In this week\'s early online publication of the journal Nature, biologists at the University of California, San Diego report their discovery of a protein complex they call the "evening complex" that regulates the...

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2011-06-27 07:05:40

Fruits and vegetables that provide the highest levels of vitamins and minerals to the human diet globally depend heavily on bees and other pollinating animals, according to a new study published in the international online journal PLoS ONE. The new study was carried out by an interdisciplinary research team, comprised of pollination ecologists and a nutrition expert, based at the Leuphana University of Lneburg, the University of Berlin in Germany, and the University of California at Berkeley...

2011-06-21 21:25:16

Native bees "“ often small, stingless, solitary and unnoticed in the flashier world of stinging honeybees "“ are quite discriminating about where they live, according to U.S. Geological Survey research. The study found that, overall, composition of a plant community is a weak predictor of the composition of a bee community, which may seem counterintuitive at first, said USGS scientist and study lead Ralph Grundel. This may be because specialized plant-bee interactions, in which a...

2011-06-21 12:23:22

Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Lund have discovered that the community composition of bumble bee species and their relative abundances have changed drastically over the last 70 years in Sweden. Over the same period, the average seed yield of red clover has declined and variation in yield has doubled, suggesting that the current dependence on few species for pollination of red clover has been detrimental especially to stability in seed...

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2011-06-20 07:58:55

High-mountain wildflower season reduced, affecting pollinators like bees, hummingbirds It's summer wildflower season in the Rocky Mountains, a time when high-peaks meadows are dotted with riotous color. But for how long? Once, wildflower season in montane meadow ecosystems extended throughout the summer months. But now scientists have found a fall-off in wildflowers at mid-season. They published their results, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in the current issue of the...

2011-05-20 12:01:00

BEDFORD, Mass., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Home gardeners in Massachusetts can weather the soggy May weather. That's the message from the Massachusetts Flower Growers' Association. In fact, there's a silver lining in the clouds hanging over us, says Association President Bob Luczai, noting the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is celebrating the month of May as Massachusetts Spring Flower Month. "Homeowners should look to our Association's independent retail garden...

2011-05-18 16:19:06

The genetic 'wiring' that helps a seed to decide on the perfect time to germinate has been revealed by scientists for the first time. Plant biologists at The University of Nottingham have also discovered that the same mechanism that controls germination is responsible for another important decision in the life cycle of plants "” when to start flowering. Their discovery throws light on the genetic mechanisms that plants use to detect and respond to vital environmental cues and could be a...

2011-04-27 06:05:00

SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Deciding what to get moms on Mother's Day - whether it's for your mother, grandmother or mother-in-law - can be challenging. Whereas a girlfriend or significant other might be more forthcoming with hints regarding what they would like for Valentine's Day or Christmas, this may be less true for mothers on Mother's Day. One gift that is sure to please is flowers, and ProFlowers' floral experts have come up with a list of top five Mother's Day flower...

2011-04-20 09:59:00

DURHAM, N.C., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is in full bloom and starting this Earth Day (April 22, 2011), Burt's Bees wants to help celebrate natural beauties and honor their favorite pollinator, the bee, through their Lips Go Bloom tab on the Burt's Bees® Facebook page. When you share a "virtual bloom" with a natural beauty in your life through June 3, 2011, Burt's Bees will make a $1 contribution to the Pollinator Partnership, up to $25,000. Help Burt's Bees...


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2005-07-13 08:42:04

Azaleas are flowering shrubs making up part of the genus Rhododendron. Azaleas were originally classed as a different genus of plant, but now they are recognized as two of the eight sub-genera of rhododendrons - subgenus Pentanthera typified by Rhododendron nudiflorum and subgenus Tsutsusi typified by Rhododendron tsutsusi. There are two types of azaleas: deciduous and evergreen. One of the major differences between azaleas and the rest of the rhododendron family is their size. Another is...

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2005-06-08 20:47:33

Iris is a genus of flowering plants with showy flowers ranging in color from gold, copper-red or yellow to white, blue, blue-violet, lavender, tan, maroon and purple. Pink and apricot colored irises have also been bred in some species. The name "Iris" can be applied to the genus or to any of the species within it. It is also applied to various subdivisions within the genus. Description There are many species of iris widely distributed throughout the northern temperate zone. Their...

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Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.