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‘Iron Man’ super-plant made using nanotech

A team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

GM tobacco plants can trap pests

Scientists have created genetically modified tobacco plants that have been engineered to produce pheromones that can trap pests.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Better coffee from biodiversity

Coffee plants grown around Mount Kilimanjaro produce more coffee beans of a better quality if they are surrounded by diverse plant and animal communities, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Pathogenic fungi help plant biodiversity

Oxford - Rather than being damaging pests, it seems that pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores appear to support plant biodiversity in the world's rainforests.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Coffee rust disease continues to spread

Detroit - Coffee rust disease has ravaged Latin American plantations since late 2012 and there is no immediate cure or treatment on the horizon. An ecologist recommends dropping nasty chemicals and going back to ‘old ways’.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New suspect for the decline of honeybees

A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute to the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies. This could be one of the main reasons why bee populations are in decline around the world.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Lunar New Year at the Muttart Special

Edmonton - One of Edmonton's most popular indoor attractions is the Muttart Conservatory. A new exhibit opened this past weekend to brighten much of the winter months.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman - 4 comments

Botanists work out where blue petunias get their color

Blue plants are rare, and few are as interesting as blue petunias. The blue color has puzzled botanists until recently. It is now thought that a mutation in a gene that helps regulate the acidity of the plant gives blue petunias their signature color.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Transgenic plants engineered to create Omega-3s

Researchers at U.K. biotech Rothamsted Research have generated a transgenic plant that produces omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

NASA will grow plants on the moon by 2015

NASA announced that it will grow plants on the moon by 2015. The project is designed to further humanity's chances of colonizing space.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 3 comments
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