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Venus Fly Trap Snapping Mechanism Studied
2012-11-17 06:49:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mechanics behind the way that a Venus fly trap snaps its leaves in order to trap and feed upon insects, and how that process could one day be used to improve upon a plethora of different products, is the topic of new research by experts at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France. As the American Institute of Physics (AIP) points out in a November 16 statement...

2012-11-01 10:22:33

Root bacterial communities change under drought, help plants adapt to lack of water When there is little water available for plants to grow, their roots form alliances with soil microbes that can promote plant growth even under water-limiting conditions, according to research published Oct. 31 by Daniele Daffonchio and colleagues from the University of Milan, Italy in the open access journal PLOS ONE. Symbiotic relationships between plants and soil microbial communities are critical to...

Biofuel Cooked From Algae
2012-11-01 05:47:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Engineers from the University of Michigan have pulled off a feat in a matter of minutes that takes Mother Nature millions of years. The researchers "pressure cooked" algae for as little as a minute and transformed 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude. "We're trying to mimic the process in nature that forms crude oil with marine organisms," said Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor and a professor of chemical...

2012-09-25 23:00:32

New microsite focuses on plant health information for growers Willoughby, OH (PRWEB) September 25, 2012 KeyPlex recently launched the all-new RobustPlants.org, a new microsite dedicated to providing plant health information to growers who are looking to improve crop performance and maximize yields. KeyPlex manufactures and markets micronutrient fertilizers to commercial grower operations via their existing distributor network. They are also a leading researcher on plant health and the most...

Better Bug-resistant Plants With Discovery Of New Gene
2012-09-18 08:08:44

The discovery of a new gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants. Research led by Michigan State University and appearing on the cover of this week´s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrates that domestic tomatoes could re-learn a thing or two from their wild cousins. Long-term cultivation has led to tomato crops losing beneficial traits common to wild tomatoes. Anthony Schilmiller, MSU research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology,...

World’s Shiniest Living Thing Uses Structural Coloring Rather Than Pigment To Dazzle
2012-09-11 11:12:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A dazzling, shiny blue fruit has been described as the most colorful biological species known to science. Known as Pollia condensata, this fruit does not get its blue color from pigmentation, like most natural objects, but rather from its structural color--a method of reflecting light of particular wavelengths--research has revealed. Researchers, describing the fruit in detail, said unlike other fruits, which have cells surrounded...

Carnivorous Plants Turning Vegetarian
2012-06-15 06:38:40

It´s a bad sign when even carnivorous plants decide to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. A newly published study in New Phytologist journal has revealed the common Sundew plant is becoming so full from snacking on nitrogen deposits in Swedish bogs, that they´re eating fewer bugs. These bogs are normally scant in the way of nitrogen, therefore the plants have taken to snacking on insects to supplement their diet. However, as human activities (such as industrialization and other...

2012-05-31 11:35:01

New edge of extinction research is creating a revival of conservation and interest in what these old plants mean to the future A botanist brings a species of alfalfa from Siberia, to the United States. His hope? The plant survives, and leads to a new winter-hardy alfalfa. But what also happened during this time in the late 1800's, isn't just a story of legend and lore. The truth of the matter is creating a current revival in both interest and conservation of what's now called a crop's...

Your Plants Are Now Wi-Fi Accessible
2012-05-29 03:41:54

Houseplants and patio gardens alike can bring an element of natural beauty to any living space. The tricky part, however, is keeping these plants alive, especially if you live in a climate notorious for killer summers. Now, a new sensor and iOS app have arrived to save these plants and bring harmony between plants and their owners. Enter the Koubachi Wi-Fi plant sensor. Working in tandem with the Koubachi iOS app, the sensor provides real-time data about the plant´s soil and living...

Research pinpoints how plants know when to flower
2012-05-28 06:11:52

Scientists believe they've pinpointed the last crucial piece of the 80-year-old puzzle of how plants "know" when to flower. Determining the proper time to flower, important if a plant is to reproduce successfully, involves a sequence of molecular events, a plant's circadian clock and sunlight. Understanding how flowering works in the simple plant used in this study — Arabidopsis — should lead to a better understanding of how the same genes work in more complex plants grown...


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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