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Carnivorous Sundew Plant Has Fast Snap Tentacles
2012-09-27 14:40:07

[Watch the Video!] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many predators in the animal kingdom depend on a quick-strike ability to capture their prey, but a few species in the plant kingdom also have this impressive capability. A handful of German biologists have decided to investigate the mechanisms behind the quick strikes of one plant in particular, Drosera glanduligera, a small sundew from southern Australia. This sundew relies on its touch-sensitive tentacles to...

2008-03-05 05:15:00

Gent, Belgium "“ Trees and fungi have constructed a close relationship with the passing of the ages. Fungi like to grow between the roots of trees and the arrangement is beneficial to both partners. Their delicate balance is now being revealed for the very first time. VIB researchers at Ghent University in colaboration with an international team have succeeded in unravelling the genetic code of the Laccaria bicolor fungus. This new information is crucial to our knowledge. It will lead...

2007-01-03 12:00:30

Q. Regarding a dogwood tree in a recent column, the writer said they were watering a stressed tree. But if they were using sprinklers and a hose, they were creating a moist environment. This would be ideal for a fungus and bacteria to enter the tree. The problem might even be anthracnose. Bark and stems would show problems, plus the flowers and leaves. - D.C. Taylor, Outer Banks, N.C. A. Your letter was written in pencil on a card and I hope I interpreted it properly. Virginia Tech tree...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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