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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...

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2006-10-04 13:00:00

By BEN DOBBIN, Associated Press Writer ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Three grains of pollen might help solve a 27-year-old murder mystery. To try to unmask the identity of a teenage girl found slain in a cornfield in western New York in 1979, investigators have turned to a pollen-analysis technique rarely used in the United States in hopes of pinpointing where she once lived. A forensic botanist in Texas determined that three microscopic pollen grains from an Australian pine that were recovered this...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'