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2011-12-12 22:04:31

Salt can have drastic effects on the growth and yield of horticultural crops; studies have estimated that salinity renders an about one-third of the world's irrigated land unsuitable for crop production. Imbalances in soil salinity can cause ion toxicity, osmotic stress, mineral deficiencies, and drastic physiological and biochemical changes in plants.

Image 1 - Ancient Bug-Repellant Plant Bedding Discovered
2011-12-09 06:07:57

Researchers report that they have uncovered and analyzed human bedding believed to be 77,000 years old. The bedding material gives a look into how humans lived in South Africa.

Image 1 - How Drought-tolerant Grasses Came To Be
2011-11-25 04:28:54

If you eat bread stuffing or grain-fed turkey this Thanksgiving, give thanks to the grasses — a family of plants that includes wheat, oats, corn and rice.

Image 1 - NSF, JST Issue New Joint Awards To Reduce Pesticide Pollution And Promote Biofuel
2011-11-09 04:10:52

The carbon footprint of humans will be reduced by four awards for plant and microbial research issued under a new joint U.S./Japanese program.

2011-09-14 22:23:07

Important changes that will affect the publication of new names in algae, fungi, and plants accepted by the XVIII International Botanical Congress are detailed in a paper that is being published simultaneously or will be published soon in a total of sixteen leading academic journals.

2011-09-14 13:15:07

Botanical taxonomy, which extends to include the formal scientific naming of all plants, algae and fungi has gone through a landmark change in the procedure scientists need to follow when they describe new species.

2011-09-14 12:15:38

Vats of blue-green algae could one day replace oil wells in producing raw materials for the chemical industry, a UC Davis chemist predicts.

2011-08-10 18:06:18

Road maintenance may accidentally spread the seeds of invasice plants, according to Penn State researchers.

2011-07-28 01:06:53

The Nomenclature Section of the 18th International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, in July 2011, proposed and approved sweeping changes to the way scientists name new plants, algae, and fungi.


Latest Plant Reference Libraries

Dawsonia
2013-11-04 10:01:23

Dawsonia is a classification of mosses. This genus is a member of the Polytrichaceae family. Dawsonia plants are commonly known to grow taller and have thicker leaves than other common mosses. Mosses are known to grow when hydrated, however most common mosses lack cuticles and internal transport tissues. This makes it difficult for them to maintain substantial amounts of water and they typically do not grow tall. Dawsonia are an exception to this common rule. Dawsonia mosses are...

Petrified Forest National Park
2013-04-24 16:53:26

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the state of Arizona in the United States. The park holds 221,552 acres of land, of which 50,260 acres are comprised of a designated wilderness. The area was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the basket maker and pueblo peoples. The first American explorers to enter the area arrived while searching for good routes leading from east to west. This group, led by Army Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, surveyed the northern area of the...

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2008-06-15 19:31:02

The Whisk Fern (Psilotum nudum), is a genus of fern-like vascular plants, one of two genera in the family Psilotaceae, order Psilotales, and class Psilotopsida (the other being Tmesipteris). The distribution of Psilotum is tropical and subtropical, in the New World, Asia, and the Pacific. The highest latitudes known are in South Carolina and southern Japan for P. nudum. In the U.S., one species is found from Florida to Texas, the other in Hawaii. They had traditionally been thought not to...

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Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.