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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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

‘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

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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?
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Substance from African plants effective against tumors

Research suggests that chemicals found in certain species of plants in Africa may be able to stop the spread of cancer cells.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Polk's Plus market continues a family tradition spanning decades Special

Pooler - For generations the Polk family has provided customers in the Savannah area with the freshest farm grown products around, and Hezekiah Polk's daughter, Becky, and her sons are continuing that tradition with their market in Pooler.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 7 comments

Plants coming back to life after 400 years frozen under glacier

A group of plants frozen for 400 years have been observed sprouting new growth after being exposed to air and sunlight, scientists say. They brought back to life a collection of plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 1 comment

GMO plant created for biofuel production

Researchers at Michigan State University have engineered a plant with oily leaves. The plant has been designed to enhance biofuel production and lead to improved animal feeds.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 7 comments

Video: Flower time-lapse video goes viral

Opava - A new time-lapse video from photographer Katka Pruskova captures the moment various flowers burst into bloom, creating stunningly beautiful images.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

Plants grow in space despite lack of gravity

Scientists have disproved the theory that plants require gravity to stimulate root growth by bringing seeds aboard the International Space Station and conducting experiments with Arabidopsis thaliana flowers.
In the Media by Abigail Prendergast - 1 comment

Garbage bacteria improves biofuel development

The research into biofuels has been limited due to the bacteria normally used only being able to convert part of the cell wall of plant material. An improvement might be in reach due to a bacterium found in the garbage.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New Gaga fern genus named after mega pop star

Durham - When a scientist discovered a new genus of ferns, which is described as having a “somewhat fluid definitions of gender", she decided to name her new discovery "Gaga".
In the Media by Greta McClain

New species of fern named after Lady Gaga

In-tune with the latest pop music trends? Maybe, but scientists have named a newly discovered species of fern after the pop singer Lady Gaga.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Man arrested for disguising 1,000 pot plants as Christmas trees

A man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating a multi-million dollar marijuana project disguised as Christmas trees, and this comes just two days after appearing in court on similar charges.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 3 comments
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Welwitschia mirabilis (Common name: tree tumbo): Conservation status: Near threatened. A ragged-leav...
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Welwitschia mirabilis (Common name: tree tumbo): Conservation status: Near threatened. A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
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Lunar New Year exhibit at the Muttart Conservatory, showcasing the Year of the Horse.
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