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2010-12-30 14:21:23

Results help predict tree failures, estimate damage from diseased trees Landscape trees, valued for their aesthetic nature and their environmental benefits, are becomingly increasingly valuable in urban environments. A single mature tree can add considerable value to commercial and residential properties. Conversely, tree mortality can result in significant economic losses. Urban trees must endure adverse growing conditions that reduce their structural strength and subject them to stresses,...

2010-12-05 00:13:35

At a time of year when trees are being cut down for the holiday season and tree cutting practices are endangering our ecological and cultural diversity, the (x)tree symbolizes how each of us can build awareness and make a small difference by contributing a "virtual seedling" and watching it grow, reminding us of the simplicity and beauty of tree planting. El Prado, NM (PRWEB) December 3, 2010 A unique collaborative event is taking place that takes the traditional holiday tree to another...

2010-11-23 13:32:09

Ask the Eucalyptus connoisseurs Koalas may be the pickiest marsupials around: They evolved to feed almost exclusively on the leaves of Eucalyptus trees, and they are highly selective when it comes to which species and even which individual trees they visit. When the furry leaf-eater settles on a particular tree, it relies on a number of factors, including taste, to make its selection. In a study published in the November issue of Ecology, a journal of the Ecological Society of America (ESA),...

2010-11-09 10:00:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and for growers in the Pacific Northwest the holiday season is in full swing as they begin to harvest this year's crop of real, farm-grown Christmas trees. The Pacific Northwest is home to more than 1,000 individual Christmas tree farmers who supply a majority of the real Christmas trees purchased in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and other Southwestern states. Grown on sustainable farms,...

2010-10-26 11:08:00

BEIJING, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On the evening of October 25, in the Golden Hall of Beijing Hotel, China's leading luxury fashion brand NE-TIGER presented its 2011 Fashion Show of Haute Couture Collection of Hua Fu (Chinese national dress) line in a stunningly extravagant style, giving the worldwide fashion representatives an unparalleled visual feast of Hua Fu. This is the ninth time in a row that NE-TIGER has raised the curtain of China International Fashion Week. (Photo:...

2010-10-26 08:00:00

PHOENIX, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A 110-foot-tall fresh-cut Christmas tree, the tallest in the nation, arrives at Outlets at Anthem at 6:30 a.m. today, Oct. 26 following a four-day journey from northern California. "It's going to be very exciting to see this huge truck carrying such a gigantic tree exit I-17 for its final destination here," said Sallyann Martinez, marketing director at Outlets at Anthem. "It's a holiday tradition for the center to have the tallest tree in Arizona at 80...

2010-10-18 08:00:00

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Hayneedle.com, the Omaha-based, leading online retailer of home furnishings and lifestyle products, announced today the launch of its holiday campaign, Buy a Tree Today & We'll Plant One for Tomorrow, featuring a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to further their mission and truly celebrate trees this holiday season. For every Christmas tree purchased on Hayneedle.com between October 15th and December 25th, a live tree will be planted in...

2010-09-13 10:47:00

WOBURN, Mass., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Unlike many insects who damage trees primarily in spring and summer, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle larva wreaks its worst havoc on ash trees through late summer and into the fall months. Traditional guidance says not to treat for this pest in the fall when using other treatment technologies. However, studies have proven that fall is an excellent time to control these destructive pests with Arborjet's trunk injection treatment method. Since it was...

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2010-08-19 12:03:43

Panama Canal Expansion Creates Rare Opportunity to Obtain Samples in Environmentally Sensitive Area The widening of the Panama Canal currently underway has created a rare opportunity to study the insects that inhabit the plants of environmentally sensitive Central American rain forest habitats.  Dr. Amy Berkov, Professor of Biology at The City College of New York (CCNY), is leading a research effort that could shed new light on biodiversity by documenting the area's host-plant...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'