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Ferns Borrowed Genes To Help Them Flourish In Low Light

Ferns Borrowed Genes To Help Them Flourish In Low Light

Erin Weeks, Duke University Bumping sex cells with the hornworts may have done it During the age of the dinosaurs, the arrival of flowering plants as competitors could have spelled doom for the ancient fern lineage. Instead, ferns...

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2014-03-27 23:30:48

Norway Gardens is committed to helping their customers find success in their gardening endeavors. Following are great tips for controlling weeds in your lawn and landscape. Monticello Indiana (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 This week temperatures in our area are fluctuating from highs in the lower sixties to highs in the upper twenties. Welcome to early Spring in north central Indiana! This time of year we are all eager to be able to get outside and begin our spring clean up chores. One question...

2014-03-17 23:01:19

A University of Maryland professor's 39-year tally of two million wildflower blooms shows a complex series of changes due to a warmer climate, with probable ripple effects for birds, bees and other animals. (PRWEB) March 17, 2014 A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. Not only are half the flowers beginning to bloom weeks earlier, but...

Forest Model Predicts How Trees Compete For Canopy Space
2014-02-20 11:53:17

Brown University Out of an effort to account for what seemed in airborne images to be unusually large tree growth in a Hawaiian forest, scientists at Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science have developed a new mathematical model that predicts how trees compete for space in the canopy. What their model revealed for this particular forest of hardy native Metrosideros polymorpha trees on the windward slope of Manua Kea, is that an incumbent tree limb greening up a given...

Do Faster-Growing Old Trees Translate To More Carbon Storage?
2014-01-16 07:03:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Contrary to the commonly held belief that trees become unproductive as they grow older, new research appearing in the journal Nature demonstrates that most of them experience increases in their growth rates and store more carbon as they age. As part of their research, the study authors reviewed records from studies on six continents, including measurements from over 650,000 trees belonging to 403 tropical and temperate species....

World's Tallest Trees Rely On Limited Seasonal Temperature Variations
2014-01-08 06:55:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in New Phytologist suggests that temperature could be a growing tree’s best friend. Height is a competitive benefit when it comes to trees, because the taller the tree, the more exposed its leaves are to the sun. As a tree rises above its neighbor to reach more sunlight, it is taking its canopy past the shade that other trees create. Taller trees are able to place leaves at higher light levels while...

Plants Develop Competitive Strategies In Extreme Desert Environments
2014-01-01 06:53:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Plants in extreme desert environments develop effective strategies to compete for the area’s limited resources, according to new research out of the University of Arizona published in the American Journal of Botany. Although deserts are often thought of as barren, inhospitable places, numerous plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment, where they are often forced to compete with rivals for scarce resources such...

Evolutionary Timeline Of Cold Weather Adaptation In Plants
2013-12-23 04:00:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers have compiled the largest-ever dated evolutionary tree of angiosperms, and their efforts have led to new insights into how these flowering plants changed in order to withstand winter weather. The study, which currently appears online in the journal Nature, features evolutionary information on more than 32,000 angiosperm species, including leaf and stem data. They combined that information with freezing...

2013-12-22 12:20:10

Researchers Create Largest Evolutionary 'Timetree' of Land Plants; Results Published in Nature WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of researchers studying plants has assembled the largest dated evolutionary tree, using it to show the order in which flowering plants evolved specific strategies, such as the seasonal shedding of leaves, to move into areas with cold winters. The results will be published Dec. 22 in the journal Nature. Early flowering plants are thought to...

Genome Sequence Insight Evolution Flowering Plants
2013-12-20 09:12:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The newly-sequenced genome of the Amborella plant is shedding new light on the origin of the more than 300,000 flowering plants on the Earth today, including all major food crop species. Amborella trichopoda, a small understory tree found only on the main island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, is unique as the sole survivor of an ancient evolutionary lineage that traces back to the last common ancestor of all flowering...

2013-11-01 08:23:51

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, POWER magazine selects the most noteworthy nuclear power plants worldwide to be designated Top Plants. Winning plants are profiled in the November issue, and awards are presented at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition being held in New Orleans, April 1-3, 2014. This year's award-winning nuclear Top Plants are: -- Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. With refurbishment of Units 1 and 2, Bruce...


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Flower garden
2013-08-21 08:27:49

Flower gardens, used for beautification purposes, contain various flowering plants providing blooms all year long and can be elaborate or simple. Flower gardens come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Formal flower gardens are planned out and serve as a multi-function garden, such as growing herbs around the border of a flower garden with edible blooms. Shrubs are also used in creating flower gardens suitable for plants requiring shade. A haphazard flower garden is one that is allowed to...

Perennial Plant
2013-04-27 08:01:21

Perennial plants live for two years or more. Perennials differ from annuals and biennials with annuals replanted every year and biennials every other year. Perennial’s that bloom during spring and summer will die back in autumn, rest during the winter, then re-grow the following spring from the existing root-stock; these are also known as deciduous perennials. If the climate is continually warm, a perennial will continually grow and produce flowers and or fruit. A perennial relocated from...

Biennial Plant
2013-04-27 07:50:37

Biennial plants have a two year life cycle; roots, stems and leaves in the first year with flowers following the next year after a cold winter dormant period. Biennials will produce seed and fruit before dying. There are not as many biennial plants as there are perennials or annuals. Biennial plants, when exposed to extreme climate conditions, may have a shortened life cycle of a few months especially if the plants were exposed to colder than normal temperatures. Most biennials can be...

Annual Plant
2013-04-27 07:44:51

Annuals are plants that flower and/or set fruit in one growing season. Most vegetables are annuals as well as domesticated grains. Vegetables such as carrot and celery are biennials grown as an annual whereas tomato and bell pepper are perennials and grown as an annual. Annuals grow well mixed in with perennials and biennials. There are also ornamental flowers that are perennials in one region and an annual in another. An annual can produce seeds that continue the life cycle in as little...

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