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

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.

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

Researchers are studying 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.

2012-11-01 10:22:33

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.

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

Engineers from the University of Michigan have pulled off a feat in a matter of minutes that takes Mother Nature millions of years.

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,

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.

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

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.

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.

2012-05-31 11:35:01

A botanist brings a species of alfalfa from Siberia, to the United States.

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.


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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