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2010-11-16 19:15:44

First study to show that elephant-shrews consume the nectar and pollinate the Pagoda lily Long-nosed Cape rock elephant-shrews are fond of sticky treats, according to Dr. Petra Wester from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her investigations show for the first time that the elephant-shrew, Elephantulus edwardii, licks the nectar of the flowers and pollinates the Pagoda lily. Her results are published in Springer's journal, Naturwissenschaften "“ The Science of Nature. Dr....

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2010-11-05 10:23:16

A research team led by Teh-hui Kao, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, in collaboration with a team lead by Professor Seiji Takayama at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, has discovered a large suite of genes in the petunia plant that acts to prevent it from breeding with itself or with its close relatives, and to promote breeding with unrelated individuals. In much the same way that human inbreeding sometimes results in genetic...

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2010-10-20 13:10:00

A new study published on Wednesday found that a child's risk of allergies could be linked to the season that coincides with the first three months of pregnancy. Researchers cast an eye over the health records of 5,920 children born between 2001 and 2006 in the southern Finnish province of South Karelia, 961 of whom were given skin tests for allergies by the age of four. Ten percent of those who were born in October and November tested positive, twice the proportion of those born in June and...

2010-08-31 23:30:00

OJAI, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The dawn of each season brings changes in the pollen, dander, dust, mold and mildew present in the air we breathe, making many people miserable and putting irritants in nasal passages and airways. In search of an effective natural approach to easing this discomfort, Plantiva's (www.plantiva.com) international team of doctors, botanical specialists and researchers developed AllerDx, a safe, gentle, effective and clinically tested botanical health...

2010-07-28 14:44:41

Two Illicium species provide warm flower nurseries as a reward to pollinating midges Could a "hot" flower attract pollinators by serving as a reward in a plant-pollinator mutualism? Many flowering plants produce nectar and pollen as rewards in exchange for pollination services by insects and other animals. Interestingly, however, a few plants have flowers that also produce heat metabolically"”so what is the adaptive function of this flower heating? Susanne Renner from the University of...

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2010-07-20 10:25:18

Grains, vegetables and fruit taste delicious and are important sources of energy. However, humans cannot digest the main component of plants - the cellulose in the cell wall. Even in ruminants, animals that can metabolize cellulose, the digestibility of the cell wall plays a crucial role in feed utilization. Scientists are therefore looking for ways of increasing the digestibility of animal feed, and of utilizing plant cell walls to generate energy. To do this they must first understand how...

2010-06-24 06:40:00

VENICE BEACH, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as the crisis of the Great Depression unlocked the imagination of writers who created the very first superheroes beginning with Superman, contemporary environmental concerns have brought forth Pollen, the first Eco-superhero for the 21st century. And with the epic Gulf of Mexico oil leak offering an uncanny parallel, a heroic character like Pollen would certainly be most welcome today. Based on his book, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony,...

2010-06-24 03:59:33

Research shows Pycnogenol decreases nasal and ocular symptoms in allergic rhinitis patients An estimated 60 million people in the U.S. are affected by allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Hay fever is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways that causes itching, swelling, mucus production, hives and rashes. A study published in the June 14, 2010 issue of Phytotherapy Research demonstrates...

2010-06-02 13:46:50

Since the beginning, plants and animals have deployed various mechanisms to fight pathogens. Proteins have always played an important part in this armoury, and a broad variety of defensin proteins have become part of the immune system of plants, insects and other animals except mammals. Now scientists from Regensburg discovered that those proteins also play a role in the "sex life" during the fertilization process of plants. These findings will be published next week in the online, open...

2010-06-02 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pollen and The Ring of Harmony by Francis T. Perry Williams, an anti-violent environmentalist, is the story of Pollen, an interstellar traveler from the far reaches of space, who is dispatched to Earth in order to warn mankind of the potentially tragic ramifications of its eco-unfriendly behavior. Accompanying Pollen on his quest is a mysterious living ring with powers unimaginable. He is a noble "green" messiah. Hollywood's need for a green blockbuster...


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2005-06-08 20:47:33

Iris is a genus of flowering plants with showy flowers ranging in color from gold, copper-red or yellow to white, blue, blue-violet, lavender, tan, maroon and purple. Pink and apricot colored irises have also been bred in some species. The name "Iris" can be applied to the genus or to any of the species within it. It is also applied to various subdivisions within the genus. Description There are many species of iris widely distributed throughout the northern temperate zone. Their...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'