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Bacteria can be used to manufacture terpenes

Bacteria are a source of terpenes. These are natural compounds used to make drugs, food additives, perfumes, and other useful products. Research indicates that there could be other terpene products, as yet undiscovered, hiding in the genomes of bacteria.

Photo essay: Top 10 new species for 2014

An appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-meter-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier are among the species identified as the most interesting "new finds" discovered last year.

Red squirrels under increased risk from ‘squirrelpox’

Red squirrels native to the U.K. are being devastated by an insidious pox virus. A new study has found the situation may be worse than previously thought, as the disease appears to have multiple modes of potential transmission.

Some species of crocodiles can climb trees

The belief that you can climb a tree to escape a hungry crocodile has been proven moot by The University of Tennessee that says some species of crocodile can climb trees.

Climb every mountain - but not the trees

Never mind climbing every mountain, or searching high and low.

Couple charged with stealing nearly 2,000 trees

Meadowlands - Quick action from a Minnesota conservation officer prevented a couple from stealing 1,970 trees from Meadowvale county-managed forest land.

Citrus disease takes hold of U.S. fruit trees

A disease affecting citrus fruit trees called citrus greening is spreading across the U.S., according to new data. Scientists are working on a way to minimize the infection.

Bacteria help fruit trees to grow

Scientists have used different strains of fungi and bacteria to promote development and health in trees, which have enabled them to accelerate growth of different species up to 40 percent.

Turks protest for freedom Special

Istanbul - Protests that began earlier this week in Istanbul because of a park threatened by bulldozers have spread throughout Turkey as Turks call for the saving of democracy and not just trees.

Peaches can help with biofuel production

Scientists have managed to use a study of the peach genome to identify genetic aspects of other trees used for biofuels. This is to look for ways to make source materials more efficient for biofuel production.

Dutch elm disease 'mapping' might lead to cure

Scientists have successfully mapped the genes in the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease. This development could help scientists figure out how to prevent the fungus from destroying elm trees in the future.

A changing of the seasons — Fall to Winter Special

Nashville - As the month of December grows near, and autumn turns to winter, the landscape in and around Nashville, Tennessee begins to change.

Dying hurricanes over Britain forming gold and yellow autumn hue Special

Across Britain and Ireland, one of the wettest autumns on record has produced vivid green and red colours among its autumn foliage. The inclement weather is a result of decaying hurricanes sweeping over Ireland, Britain and parts of northern Europe.

Israel orders removal of 1,000 olive trees from Palestine

Nablus - The olive branch may be a symbol of peace, but Israeli authorities in the West Bank have told Palestinians that one thousand trees must be uprooted.

Drought affected aspens developing into sudden aspen decline

Victor Hugo once wrote, "Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing." Science is now looking at how 50% of the aspen trees are dying off in areas of North America: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

White-tailed Rudolph & friends chow on $80,000 of Christmas trees

New Hampton - When a herd of deer eat 12,000 Christmas trees off an eight-acre Christmas tree farm in one week, Santa Claus may be lucky to get his cookies and milk this holiday with over $80,000 of damage to a family's 40-year old business.

Developers found guilty of destroying protected trees in UK

Bournemouth - Two developers have been found guilty of destroying protected trees so that they could build luxury homes in the Sandbanks area of the UK.

Auburn official: Reaction to tree poisoning was ‘mostly shock’ Special

Auburn - An Auburn University spokesperson says in an interview that she's seeing a mix of shock and determination on campus following the poisoning of two cherished oak trees. But experts believe “the prognosis is not good” for the oaks.

Alabama Crimson Tide fan arrested for poisoning Auburn's oaks

Auburn - Has a 62-year-old become a botanical assassin in the midst of the heated rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama? Two 130-year-old oak trees on the Auburn campus are not expected to survive "lethal dose" of herbicide.

Is Wi-Fi making trees sick? Researchers doubt study

Alphen - Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands.

Researchers find link between city trees and criminal behaviour

Big trees provide shade and improve air quality. But new study insists that they can fight crime as well. Large trees in urban areas are associated with lower crime rates. Conversely, smaller trees around homes were associated with higher crime rates.

The Future of Publishing is Wood-Free

The publishing world is changing, and whether in a screen or on the shelf, traditional wood-pulp paper must wave farewell.

Huge trees upset neighbours of UK man

Plymouth - Residents of a Devon neighbourhood are upset about the size of the trees in front of one man’s house. The 16 Leyland cypress trees planted by David Alvand have reached a height of 35 feet, blocking out sunlight to nearby homes.

New Zealand company's GE tree trials continue to draw criticism

The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand blew the whistle on July 12th, alerting New Zealanders that Scion Research appeared to be preparing to plant a new, non-approved GE tree trial.

Urban trees improve health and boost economy

Planting more trees in Britain's towns and cities could save billions of pounds on healthcare and flood defence costs, as well as boost house prices and increase biodiversity, according to a new report from the Woodland Trust.

At-risk wildlife and habitat protected in birthday gift to Canada Special

Kingsville - In a specially wrapped gift to Canadians for Canada Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is announcing the addition of several protected areas to its portfolio, including the Armstrong Property, Essex Forests and Wetlands in Southwestern Ontario.

Downtown Toronto trees, bus shelters removed for G20 security

Toronto - In a move that has many Torontonians scratching their heads, officials in charge of G20 security have ordered that trees in the security zone have to be removed. Bus shelters and garbage cans have also been removed.

Christmas banned at Copenhagen summit

Denmark's Foreign Ministry has banned Christmas and any symbols attached to the holiday during this weeks climate summit in Copenhagen.

Trees power electrical circuit

University of Washington researchers were able to operate an electric ciruit using only the power they could draw from trees.

CO2:Bad For People, Great For Trees

New findings indicate we may be only able to go so far in cleaning up CO2 emissions. Since our urban trees love the stuff, taking it all away is just not an option. Here's to a happy medium.
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Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Pro...
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Provincial Park to the Mt. Washington condominium accommodations.
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A light snow dusting brightened a cloudy midwinter dawn  but barely covered drifts of frozen autumn ...
A light snow dusting brightened a cloudy midwinter dawn, but barely covered drifts of frozen autumn leaves.
Landscapes are changing as seen here in the fall s most dramatic show of hue and splash.
Landscapes are changing as seen here in the fall's most dramatic show of hue and splash.
This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison  Wisconsin.
This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin.
An oak and poplar pal grow together.
An oak and poplar pal grow together.
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The Mediterranean micro-climate encourages a burst of colorful plants.
The Mediterranean micro-climate encourages a burst of colorful plants.
Scientists artificially warmed a section of Harvard Forest for seven years to simulate possible futu...
Scientists artificially warmed a section of Harvard Forest for seven years to simulate possible future global warming, to study how hotter temperatures on Earth could affect carbon storage by trees.
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Bark of madrona tree  San Francisco  CA.
Bark of madrona tree, San Francisco, CA.
A crow soars between bare and evergreen branches to join the flock in the cloudy midwinter dawn.
A crow soars between bare and evergreen branches to join the flock in the cloudy midwinter dawn.
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Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park  Paradise Meado...
Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park, Paradise Meadows Trail Head as it heads back toward the Strathcona Wildlife Institute parking lot.
I imagined this squirrel was asking   Where did I hide the next nut?  as fresh snow covered many cac...
I imagined this squirrel was asking, "Where did I hide the next nut?" as fresh snow covered many caches.
Looking up  I wondered where the snow clouds have been hiding this midwinter!
Looking up, I wondered where the snow clouds have been hiding this midwinter!
Operating under an experimental government licence  a prototype piece of technology to administer ga...
Operating under an experimental government licence, a prototype piece of technology to administer garlic (allicin) is being trialled on a woodland estate in Northamptonshire.
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Lowr falls at Balls Fall's, fall scenes.