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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...

2011-03-17 21:00:03

A team of researchers at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Portugal, discovered that pollen, the organ that contains the plant male gametes, communicate with the pistil, their female counterpart, using a mechanism commonly observed in the nervous system of animals. This study not only reveals a new mechanism which underlies reproduction in plants, but also opens an exciting new avenue in the study of how cell-cell communication is conserved between animals and...

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2011-03-14 10:50:07

Sex and violence, or at least death, are the key to reproduction for the orchid Satyrium pumilum. Research led by Timothes van der Niet at the University of KwaZulu-Natal shows that the orchid lures flies into its flowers by mimicking the smell of rotting flesh. A new study comparing the scent of the orchids with that of roadkill is to be published in the Annals of Botany http://dx.doi.org10.1093/aob/mcr048 . The orchid S. pumilum is found in sandy, moist conditions near small streams across...

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2011-02-22 07:10:00

Warmer temperatures and later autumn frosts have been the main sources for why the ragweed allergy season in North America has grown two to four weeks longer than usual, according to researchers. Northern regions of the United States and Canada have seen a dramatic rise in the length of the allergy season between 1995 and 2009, said researchers, who published a report in Tuesday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, Canada had the...

2011-02-09 00:01:22

A Los Angeles photographer has developed a technique to create extremely detailed images of flowers. Using technology used by NASA on Mars, David Leaser's innovative Nightflowers collection shows large scale botanicals with such detail you can literally see the pollen glistening on the stamens. The images have attracted the attention of Architectural Digest, and they will be introduced at their 10th Anniversary Home Design Show on March 17 in New York City. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 8,...

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2011-02-02 10:36:03

Many plants produce toxic chemicals to protect themselves against plant-eating animals, and many flowering plants have evolved flower structures that prevent pollinators such as bees from taking too much pollen. Now ecologists have produced experimental evidence that flowering plants might also use chemical defenses to protect their pollen from some bees. The results are published next week in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology. In an elegant experiment, Claudio...

2011-02-02 06:05:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ProFlowers reports that a recent survey conducted by Luth Research shows that 91% of men who give flowers to their significant other on Valentine's Day do so to show their love to that special someone in their lives, most with no other motives or strings attached.(1) The study also shows other flower purchasing patterns surrounding this holiday. More than 75% of men have given flowers for Valentine's Day in the past two years. Of those men giving...

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2011-01-31 11:41:27

Scientists have discovered why orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants - it is all down to their relationships with the bees that pollinate them and the fungi that nourish them. The study, published tomorrow in the American Naturalist, is the culmination of a ten-year research project in South Africa involving researchers from Imperial College London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and other international institutions. The orchid family is one of the largest groups...


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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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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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