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2014-06-06 23:04:43

Twenty Years of Service Have Produced an International Research and Education Institute Known and Respected Around the World Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) June 06, 2014 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) today announced that S. H. Sohmer, Ph.D., FLS, BRIT’s president and CEO, will retire on July 31, 2014. Mrs. Patricia Harrison, BRIT’s vice president and director of education, will serve as interim director during the search for Dr. Sohmer’s successor. “Sy has served as our...

2014-05-26 10:50:10

KU Leuven A team of Belgian biologists led by researchers at KU Leuven has provided the first genetic evidence that rapid evolution can help non-native plant species spread in new environments. Using samples of centuries-old herbaria and DNA analysis, the researchers reconstructed the genetic adaptations undergone by the Pyrenean rocket prior to its rapid spread in Belgium. The Pyrenean rocket (Sisymbrium austriacum subsp. Chrysanthum) is a plant that grows in the mountains of southern...

Two New Species Of Desert Poppy Found In California And Arizona
2014-03-11 13:31:36

Pensoft Publishers Who said that there is only sand in the deserts? Not quite desert roses, two new species of desert poppies from North America prove such statements wrong with their simple beauty. The newly described plants are found in the deserts of California and Arizona and have a vibrant yellow colored inflorescences, typical for all the desert dwellers from the Eschscholzia genus of the poppy family. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Most commonly...

2013-12-18 11:57:23

The sweet-gum family Altingiaceae is a small group of wind-pollinated trees that produce hard, woody fruits that contain numerous seeds. This widespread tree family has been puzzling botanists for a while, due to its complicated taxonomic structure, and the morphological similarities between the different genera which makes their separation and description a challenge. Best known for their biogeographic intercontinental disjunction between E Asia and E North America, recent molecular analysis...

2013-11-26 23:30:39

“The Nineteenth Century Flora of Dane County, Wisconsin: A Twenty-First Century Update” by Mark K. Leach and Alexandra Zelles lists over 1400 species of plants and lichens along with historical information on each. Conservationists and native plant enthusiasts will find this work particularly useful. Menomonie, Wisconsin (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 Fundamental to wise environmental decision-making is knowledge of what originally lived in a place. A soon-to-be released e-book (Economo...

Cause Of The Irish Potato Famine Revealed
2013-05-21 11:53:17

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft An international team of scientists reveals that a unique strain of potato blight they call HERB-1 triggered the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century It is the first time scientists have decoded the genome of a plant pathogen and its plant host from dried herbarium samples. This opens up a new area of research to understand how pathogens evolve and how human activity impacts the spread of plant disease. Phytophthora infestans changed the course of...

2011-08-24 18:39:27

Cloud-based data make searching the world´s museum collections easier What Google is attempting for books, the University of California, Berkeley, plans to do for the world's vertebrate specimens: store them in "the cloud." Online storage of information from vertebrate collections at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and from hundreds of other animal...

2011-01-06 00:01:44

Fellowship provides funds for US graduate or undergraduate students majoring in botany or horticulture to intern with scientists at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK Fort Worth, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) January 05, 2011 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas announced today its Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture award. The Fellowship will be presented annually to a US citizen who is a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing majoring in botany or horticulture....

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2010-12-07 09:35:00

There are more than 70,000 new flowering plant species yet to be discovered, and more than half of them may have already been collected but not yet identified, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "Despite the importance of species discovery, the processes including collecting, recognizing, and describing new species are poorly understood," lead author Dr. Robert Scotland of Oxford University's Department of Plant Sciences...

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2010-11-05 08:28:10

Botanists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have described eight new plant species collected in the Madidi National Park and surrounding areas located on the eastern slopes of the Andes in northern Bolivia. The new species are from several different genera and families and are published in a recent edition of the Missouri Botanical Garden journal Novon. Missouri Botanical Garden scientists and colleagues from the National Herbarium in La Paz, Bolivia describe Prestonia leco, Passiflora...


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Botanical Gardens
2013-08-21 07:08:30

Botanical Gardens are gardens used for educational purposes along with the study of botany. The gardens contain a variety of plants with each plant labeled with its botanical name. The gardens can be themed gardens containing a collection of like plants such as cacti, orchids, roses or herbs. Gardens may also specialize in certain plants from all over the world including the tropics and the alpines, utilizing greenhouses and shadehouses where needed. Botanical gardens are usually open to the...

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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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