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2012-12-06 05:01:02

Entrepreneur.com, Highlights TickleMe Plant Kits - Unique Holiday gift kits to grow the only house plant in the world that closes its leaves one by one or all at once when you tickled!! TickleMe Plants make everyone smile when they Tickle it. It is easy to grow and is more like a pet then a plant! The perfect gift for the nature lover in everyone. Pawling, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 05, 2012 From Entrepreneur.com 10 Gifts for Kids Made by Indie Merchants entrepreneur.com/slideshow/225002#5...

Algae Held Captive And Their Genes Stolen In Crime Of Evolution
2012-11-28 15:38:41

University of Melbourne Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature. The results reveal a 'missing link' in evolution because the tiny animal thieves (protozoa) couldn't completely hide all evidence of the captive algae, and have been effectively frozen in time and caught in the act by genetic sequencing....

Ferns Herbivore Defense
2012-11-21 13:00:05

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Unlike flowering plants, bracken ferns do not release any odor signals to attract the enemies of their attackers for their own benefit. They dominated the earth for 200 million years and numerous different species can still be found all over the world: mosses, horsetails and ferns. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now found out that bracken ferns (Pteridium aquilinum) do not release any...

Algae Draws Energy From Other Plants
2012-11-21 11:22:20

Bielefeld University Astonishing research finding by biologists at Bielefeld University published in the online journal Nature Communications Flowers need water and light to grow. Even children learn that plants use sunlight to gather energy from earth and water. Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse´s biological research team at Bielefeld University have made a groundbreaking discovery that one plant has another way of doing this. They have confirmed for the first time that a plant,...

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...


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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