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2012-10-03 23:04:00

According to the Star-Telegram, Forest Service Survey indicates significant tree loss. Dover, NJ (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 Ask any farmer how they feel when they hear the word “drought” and the reactions are bound to be negative. The dry weather impacts their crops, which impacts their livelihood. But according to the Star-Telegram, a Texas A&M Forest Service survey of “about 600 hundred forested plots” across the rural area of Texas indicates that a staggering...

"Semi-dwarf" Trees May Offer A Green Revolution For Some Forest Crops
2012-09-28 11:10:31

The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation. Researchers at Oregon State University recently outlined the latest findings on reduced height growth in trees through genetic modification, and concluded that several advantageous growth...

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...

Bumblebee Flight Path Result of Trial And Error
2012-09-21 12:31:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Perhaps inspired by the amazing staccato sounds of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" (which if you haven't heard it, try the Wynton Marsalis trumpet interpretation), researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have been tracking bumblebees for the first time. They want to understand how the bees select optimal routes to collect nectar from multiple flowers before returning to their hive. Working with the...

Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Flowering Plants Offered By Gardener's Delight
2012-09-04 14:21:41

The Pink Double Dandy peony, the Double Peppermint petunia, the Doubled Strawberry Vanilla lily and nearly all roses are varieties cultivated for their double flowers. The blossoms of these and other such plants are lush with extra petals in place of the parts of the flower needed for sexual reproduction and seed production, meaning double flowers — though beautiful — are mutants and usually sterile. The genetic interruption that causes that mutation helped scientists in the...

Allergy Free Plants On The Horizon?
2012-09-01 07:44:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Those who love gardening, or just enjoy the beauty of plant life, but are unable to do so as a result of hay fever or similar allergic reactions will undoubtedly welcome new research out of Spain that could result in long-lasting, pollen-free plants. According to an August 30 statement, researchers from the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP) and BIOMIVA S.L. were able to alter an ornamental...

Cucumber Inspires New Bio-Inspired Twistless Spring
2012-08-31 12:30:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Harvard University have developed a new spring that is soft when pulled gently and stiff when pulled strongly — all from studying a cucumber. Captivated by the strange coiling behavior in the grasping tendrils of the cucumber plant, the research team found that unlike a normal coil, which would unwind to a flat ribbon under stress when untwisted, a cucumber tendril would actually coil further. Understanding this...


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California spicebush, Calycanthus occidentalis
2014-02-07 08:42:40

Calycanthus is a genus of flowering plant found in North America. The plant belongs to the Calycanthaceae family. It is commonly known as the Sweetshrub. The genus includes 2 species that are accepted by the Flora of North America and 2 that may or may not be, depending on taxonomic interpretation. Calycanthus is a shrub that grows around 6 to 12 feet tall. The plant contains entire and opposite leaves measuring 2 to 6 inches long and .8 t0 2.5 inches wide. Its flowers bloom in early...

Persian cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum
2014-01-08 20:39:58

Cyclamen persicum is a flowering, herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Persian cyclamen. C. persicum is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom. Wild specimens have heart-shaped leaves that grow as long as 6 inches. They are usually green in color, with a light green marbling effect on the...

Kelp Forest
2013-04-19 19:29:03

Kelp forests are areas that are underwater with a high density of kelp. They’re recognized as one of the most dynamic and productive ecosystems on Earth. Smaller regions of anchored kelp are known as kelp beds. Kelp forests can be found worldwide throughout polar and temperate coastal oceans. In the year 2007, kelp forests were discovered in tropical waters near Ecuador as well. While they are physically formed by brown macroalgae of the order Laminariales, kelp forests offer a unique...

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2009-06-17 12:38:51

The Lily of the Nile or Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a species of plant native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. It has been introduced to Western Australia where it occurs in high periodical water tables and sandy soil. Several hybrids have been established and introduced to other areas around the world. Some hybrids are more suited to cooler climates. One hybrid, Crowborough, grows better in the British Isles and the northwestern United States than it...

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2009-06-17 12:28:21

The Coco (Fagara coco or Zanthoxylum coco) is a species of evergreen tree native to Argentina and Bolivia. It grows in wild, mostly hilly, spinniferous (thorny or spiny) forests. Its habitat is found along the hilly forest of the Sierra Pampeana. This plant is found either in small isolated groups or standing alone. Other common names for this plant are cochucho or "smelly sauco". The Coco is a medium sized tree ranging from 20 to 26.25 feet tall. Its foliage is abundant and has paired...

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