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Compound from plants targets cancer stem cells

By using an enzyme and compound found in broccoli and Brussels sprouts, researchers have devised a chemical that can potentially prevent the re-occurrence of certain types of cancer. This is based on research in human cervical cancer stem cells.

New plant cell structure leads to new renewable materials

Plants are increasingly being considered for renewable materials, energy and for building construction. The utilization of bio-materials has been advanced by a new understanding about the structure of wood.

Study: Plants less affected than animals during mass extinctions

Gothenburg - Plants are truly survivors and apparently aren't as affected as animals are during mass extinctions. In Earth's long history of five major extinction events, plants have fared better in the survival game than animals have, scientists say.

Gene jumps across three domains of life

Through a mechanism termed horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

Space plants return to Earth

A cargo holder holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station have been returned to Earth for further study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.

Plant science aims to help with world hunger

Three leading scientists have said that basic plant science and its application to agriculture, emphasizing can help to deal with global food demands.

Sheep get high after accidentally munching cannabis plants

Merstham - A flock of sheep ended up getting high after they accidentally munched thousands of dollars worth of pot dumped on their farm.

Photo Essay: World's biggest indoor rainforest Special

Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall, England contains two fascinating biomes. One of the ecological centers contains a tropical wonderland. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Photo Essay: Inside Cornwall's Eden Project Biome Special

Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall contains two enormous biomes. One contains of the structures draws on colorful plants from the Mediterranean. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Glow-in-the-dark houseplants get venture backing

After raising more than $450,000 on Kickstarter, a start-up company making glow-in-the-dark houseplants attracts funding from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The plants will be marketed to consumers soon.

Protecting plants from toxins

Lisbon - Zinc is essential for plant growth and development, but if too much of the metal are present in the soil, it can become toxic to the plant. Researchers have discovered a novel genetic mechanism that protects plants from toxic zinc levels.

‘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.

GM tobacco plants can trap pests

Scientists have created genetically modified tobacco plants that have been engineered to produce pheromones that can trap pests.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why do plants live longer than animals?

The simple answer to the question appears to be stem cells. Stem cells are crucial for the continuous generation of new cells, and they appear to be more efficient in plants than in animals.

Money might not grow on trees, but gold does

While "money doesn't grow on trees," researchers from Australia have confirmed that gold actually exists on the leaves of some plants.

Pollen is older than previously thought

The fossilized remnants of a flowering plant about 100 million years older than the oldest previously found have been reported.

Planting gardens reduces landslide risk

Researchers in Mexico have proposed that if the slopes along roads are converted to monumental gardens this will reduce the number of landslides.

How to make plants healthy? Give them a rub

Gently rubbing plants with your fingers can make them less susceptible to diseases like parasitic fungi, according to a new research finding.

New report suggests microbes are key to feeding the world

A new report suggests that a greater focus on the role of microbiology in agriculture combined with new technologies could help mitigate potential food shortages associated with world population increases.

Decline in bees is affecting plants

A new report suggests that removing just a single bee species from an ecosystem can decrease the ability of the remaining species to pollinate plants.

Op-Ed: Are new plants needed to tackle world hunger?

World population growth will, by many estimates, lead to a shortage of food. One particular researcher has recently stated that the solution is developing GM foods. Is this the answer, or does it present new environmental and health risks?

Crabgrass could be used to make a new herbicide

Crabgrass has been shown to produce a powerful herbicide which is capable of killing other plants. This discovery could lead to the development of a natural herbicide.
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Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
The Eastern Cape giant cycad originates from South Africa  is long-lived and slow growing  and is po...
The Eastern Cape giant cycad originates from South Africa, is long-lived and slow growing, and is popular as an ornamental plant.
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Petunia plant
Petunia plant
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Weeds growing along the road
Weeds growing along the road
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Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
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General pictures.
Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
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Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
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Wheat
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Eden Project: A burst of color from a rich mix of tropical plants.
Eden Project: A burst of color from a rich mix of tropical plants.
The woodwardia fern plant
The woodwardia fern plant
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General pictures.
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Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Many of the light sculptures are designed to resemble flowers.
Many of the light sculptures are designed to resemble flowers.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory  showcasing the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
A view of shiitake mushrooms growing from the ground
A view of shiitake mushrooms growing from the ground
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