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Invasive Plants A Problem In Europe
2014-02-03 12:51:48

Pensoft Publishers Some introduced (i.e. non-native) plants become abundant, threaten species richness and the well-functioning of ecosystems, the economy, or health (plant invasion). Environmental policies that attempt to restrict the expansion of non-native species are based on a consensus among scientific experts that invasions are a serious environmental problem. An example of a problematic non-native species in many parts of the world is Fallopia japonica, the Japanese knotweed that...

2012-05-23 23:02:49

Scientists continue to debate the merits of resveratrol, the so-called "miracle molecule" found in red wine, according to Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance. Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) May 22, 2012 Scientists continue to debate the merits of resveratrol, the so-called ℠miracle molecule´ found in red wine, according to Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance. Numerous...

2012-02-10 11:36:21

How to catch a killer weed Invasive species which have the potential to destroy biodiversity and influence global change could be tracked and controlled in the same way as wanted criminals, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Geographic profiling (GP) was originally developed as a statistical tool in criminology, where it uses the locations of linked crimes (for example murder, rape or arson) to identify the predicted location of the offender's residence....

2011-12-05 05:00:00

According to the Weed Science Society of America, weeds threaten the native vegetation growing along millions of miles of our nationâs waterways -- undermining the ability of these "riparian" areas to store and filter water and to prevent or moderate flooding. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) December 05, 2011 This year flooding has ravaged thousands of homes and businesses in communities across the U.S. And scientists say the prevalence of invasive weeds is one of the factors that may be...

2011-03-18 14:56:53

More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, yet we know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity. In one the first studies of its kind, ecologists in Indianapolis, USA have used 70 year-old dried plant specimens to track the impact of increasing urbanization on plants. The results are published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology. Lead by Dr Rebecca Dolan, director of the Friesner Herbarium, Butler University, the team examined 2,800...

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2009-07-30 10:30:00

Researchers at the University of Leicester have paved the way for the first ever use in Europe of an insect (biocontrol) to combat an invasive plant species in Britain.University of Leicester biologists established that the Japanese Knotweed in Britain was one the biggest females in the world- a clone of cuttings brought into Britain in the 1850s. Costs of controlling it in Britain have been put at £1.5 billion.Defra's Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has now launched a...

2009-07-28 07:35:00

WINDSOR, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Popping a pill to prevent age-associated disease may sound too good to be true, but as documented in various media, including a January 25, 2009 edition of 60 Minutes, studies by independent researchers and Harvard Medical School believe they may have discovered the ticket to eternal youth through Resveratrol. This naturally occurring anti-oxidant and plant chemical is found in the skins of red grapes, red wine, purple grape juice, blueberries,...

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2008-10-13 16:48:59

Scientists in Britain believe a Japanese plant-eating predator may help solve the problem of a "superweed" that is now spreading across the country. Japanese knotweed, like many other non-native, invasive plants, was first introduced to Britain for horticulture. Its ornamental leaves, 10-13 ft stems and clusters of white flowers made it attractive in gardens. However, it has since plagued the environment, and this year has been particularly bad for knotweed spread in the UK. Making matters...


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