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2012-10-03 23:04:00

According to the Star-Telegram, Forest Service Survey indicates significant tree loss. Dover, NJ (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 Ask any farmer how they feel when they hear the word “drought” and the reactions are bound to be negative. The dry weather impacts their crops, which impacts their livelihood. But according to the Star-Telegram, a Texas A&M Forest Service survey of “about 600 hundred forested plots” across the rural area of Texas indicates that a staggering...

"Semi-dwarf" Trees May Offer A Green Revolution For Some Forest Crops
2012-09-28 11:10:31

The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation. Researchers at Oregon State University recently outlined the latest findings on reduced height growth in trees through genetic modification, and concluded that several advantageous growth...

Plant Zone Map Made Obsolete By Rising Temperature
2012-09-14 10:25:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every packet of plant seeds that you buy for your yard or garden has a map on the back showing you what regions to plant the seeds in during what time of the year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) creates that little map and the planting guidelines, and a new set was just recently released. According to Professor Nir Krakauer, assistant professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York's Grove School of...

Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Flowering Plants Offered By Gardener's Delight
2012-09-04 14:21:41

The Pink Double Dandy peony, the Double Peppermint petunia, the Doubled Strawberry Vanilla lily and nearly all roses are varieties cultivated for their double flowers. The blossoms of these and other such plants are lush with extra petals in place of the parts of the flower needed for sexual reproduction and seed production, meaning double flowers — though beautiful — are mutants and usually sterile. The genetic interruption that causes that mutation helped scientists in the...

2012-07-17 23:00:43

MyEcoGardens has having a month-long seed sale. Receive 30% off all seeds for your vegetable garden or flower garden from now until the end of August. Invest in natural gardening with high quality seeds. Colville, Washington (PRWEB) July 17, 2012 MyEcoGardens.com is a great source for heirloom and organic seeds for natural gardens. MyEcoGardens has seeds from many places and many sources. One supplier, Bavicchi, is one of Italy´s finest seed houses with products including flowers,...

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...

2012-06-02 23:01:15

Company creates large selection of personalized custom seed packets for a memorial favor or keepsake. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 02, 2012 Plantable memorials are creative ideas to honor the memory of a loved one who has recently passed. Because so many people are environmentally conscious, planting a memorial can be a very attractive idea to many bereaved families. The Funeral Program Site (http://www.funeralprogram-site.com) company has just launched custom wildflower seed packets....

2012-05-15 22:26:14

Ancient plants grown in state-of-the-art growth chambers recreating environmental conditions from more than 400 million years ago have shown scientists from the University of Sheffield how soil dwelling fungi played a crucial role in the evolution of plants. This ground breaking work provides fundamental knowledge of how plants colonized the land before roots evolved and the co-evolution of one of the most ancient relationships, between fungi and early plants that played a founding role in...

It's Official: Warm Weather Causes Flowers To Bloom
2012-03-22 12:16:28

Scientists have completed research in attempts to explain what  we see in our parks and gardens every year: with the onset of warmer weather comes blooming flowers and trees. Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), scientists from the John Innes Center have investigated the effects of warm weather and global climate changes on flowering plants and trees. Their findings on this research will be published soon in the journal Nature. The research...

2012-03-20 11:38:03

The foot hills of the Western Ghats are a remarkable habitat. Formed of Laterite (a hard rock) outcrops, they are a barren land during summer. Yet, as soon as the monsoon rains start, they sprout vibrant plant carpets in blue, pink and white. This seasonal vegetation is formed mainly by pipeworts and insectivorous plants, such as bladderworts or sundews. The species combinations differ greatly along the Western Ghats and the rich plant growth attracts many birds, butterflies and other...


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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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