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2013-02-18 14:18:27

While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State virologist. Discovering how microbes collaborate to improve the hardiness of plants is a key to sustainable agriculture that can help meet increasing food demands, in addition to avoiding possible conflicts over scare resources, said Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology, and...

Plant Zone Map Made Obsolete By Rising Temperature
2012-09-14 10:25:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every packet of plant seeds that you buy for your yard or garden has a map on the back showing you what regions to plant the seeds in during what time of the year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) creates that little map and the planting guidelines, and a new set was just recently released. According to Professor Nir Krakauer, assistant professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York's Grove School of...

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2008-01-09 15:15:00

The Mauve Majesty may look like a lily, but it can last a lot longer. This flower, which took five years for Cornell to develop, can bloom through the summer and until the first hard freeze in most northern states. If it is grown in a greenhouse, it never goes dormant, and once cut, the stems last two weeks before wilting. Botanically, it is not a lily, but perceptions can be deceiving. This lavender-lilac colored flower with its creamy yellow throat and dark speckling is a new hybrid of the...

2006-12-27 09:20:59

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen years of warm winter weather is beginning to change the Washington area's landscape - with Southern species like crape myrtles having an easier time and northern types feeling less welcome, according to findings by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The foundation has revised its map of "hardiness zones" - with each of the nine zones showing a range of average annual low temperatures that help serve as a guide for gardeners and others. One big change was that the...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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