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Plants Reawaken After 400 Years Buried Under Canadian Glacier
2013-05-28 07:34:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Canadian scientist has discovered that certain once-frozen plants have the ability to reawaken after long periods of dormancy, sprouting back to life. The finding came while Catherine La Farge, a researcher with University of Alberta´s Faculty of Science, was observing ancient plants known as bryophytes in the Canadian tundra. Recently exposed terrain left behind by receding glaciers has revealed a startling awakening of...

First Definitive Proof Of Bacteria-feeding Behavior In Green Algae
2013-05-24 12:41:52

[ Watch The Video Scientists Prove Green Algae´s Appetite for Bacteria ] American Museum of Natural History A team of researchers has captured images of green alga consuming bacteria, offering a glimpse at how early organisms dating back more than 1 billion years may have acquired free-living photosynthetic cells. This acquisition is thought to have been a critical first step in the evolution of photosynthetic algae and land plants, which, in turn, contributed to the increase in...

2013-05-21 12:22:47

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has designated a new Wild Plant Sanctuary in Bloom Township, Clearfield County. Bilger's Rocks, a property managed by the Bilger's Rocks Association, has been accepted into the DCNR Wild Plant Sanctuary Program, recognizing the commitment of association staff to preserve the site. "The Wild Plant Sanctuary Program promotes conservation of natural areas and native...

How Plants Benefit From Forest Fires
2013-04-30 11:18:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forest fires are a major cause of plant death and destruction, but they can also be a source of life as some dormant seeds begin to germinate in the aftermath of a raging inferno. Previous research has shown chemicals in the smoke of burning trees called karrikins“¯are responsible for this phoenix-like rebirth. Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has described new details on the mechanism...

2013-04-24 12:23:46

GUANGZHOU, China, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Guangzhou Shengjie Artificial Plant Co., Ltd. is entering its 15(th) year in the simulation plant industry and is adjusting its developing strategy in order to put more attention on overseas markets. The popularity of artificial flowers, artificial plants, artificial trees, artificial potted plants, and simulation plants is increasing every year. The advance of simulation technology and improvements in the level of plant simulation have...

Researchers Use Pitcher Plants To Identify Signs Of Trouble Dead Ahead
2013-04-24 12:13:10

National Science Foundation In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans. --- Kahlil Gibran What do a pond or a lake and a carnivorous pitcher plant have in common? The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body. Whether small carnivorous plant or huge lake, both are subject to the same ecological "tipping points," of concern on Earth Day--and every day, say...

2013-04-16 12:25:47

LONDON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- We've had our first glimpse of warmer weather, so it won't be long before we're dining alfresco, holding family BBQs and having outdoor parties. If you're planning on entertaining in your garden this year, now's the time to get your gardening gloves on and start making your outdoor space the perfect spot for relaxing with friends. Online garden centre Plant Me Now has put together their top 10 tips to get your garden summer-ready:...

2013-03-21 08:24:10

PERTH, Australia, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Algae.Tec (ASX: AEB, OTCQX: ALGXY), ranked by Lux Research as the leading algae biofuels business for 2013, today advised that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been formed between Algae.Tec and WorleyParsons. A number of Algae.Tec projects, including those in the EU, USA, Australia and Brazil, are already in the final stages of technical feasibility studies. This MOU establishes the framework by which WorleyParsons can...

2013-02-26 14:41:00

Fat worms confirm that researchers from Michigan State University have successfully engineered a plant with oily leaves -- a feat that could enhance biofuel production as well as lead to improved animal feeds. The results, published in the current issue of The Plant Cell, the journal of the American Society of Plant Biologists, show that researchers could use an algae gene involved in oil production to engineer a plant that stores lipids or vegetable oil in its leaves — an uncommon...

2013-02-26 12:28:26

System Will Be Available as Smartphone or Tablet App PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University researchers and a botany expert from Carnegie Museum of Natural History are developing a digital system for identifying poisonous plants. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO) "These plants are in our backyards and often wind up on our patios and even in our living rooms to add color during drab winter weather, so we really need to be aware...


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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