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'Weeds': In Defense Of Botany's Cockroach

'Weeds': In Defense Of Botany's Cockroach | AnnBot | Scoop.it
While many might think of weeds as pests, British nature writer Richard Mabey prefers to think of them as "vegetable guerrillas" and "forest outlaws." Mabey's new book, Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants, is a spirited defense of weeds. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that his love for weeds began when he discovered a forest of the disreputable plants in an industrial wasteland near London's Heathrow Airport.
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How to Trademark a Fruit

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To protect the fruits of their labor and thwart "plant thieves," early American growers enlisted artists. Beautiful illustrations from the 19th century.
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The Phytophactor: The no-you-can't weed

The Phytophactor: The no-you-can't weed | AnnBot | Scoop.it
Common bindweed (Convolvulus arvense) may be the toughest weed in the world. Now the aerial shoots don't look like too much, a slender vine with it's little pinky-white morning glory flowers, but it forms a tuber deep under ground from which it can resprout forever as best my efforts can determine.
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Fungus Protects Rice from Challenges of Climate Change

Fungus Protects Rice from Challenges of Climate Change | AnnBot | Scoop.it
To ward off famine and potentially save millions of lives, researchers are looking for a little help from a tiny fungus. By colonizing seeds with spores from naturally occurring fungi, experiments show that rice -- a major world food source -- is able to withstand stresses associated with climate change, such as drought and soil salinity.
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Forests As Carbon Sinks

The world’s forests are magnificent palaces of biodiversity, teeming with wacky and wonderful creatures and plants that seem otherworldly. But they’re also something far more mundane although useful: they’re giant sponges, soaking up vast amounts of carbon dioxide. According to a study published online on Thursday by the journal Science, the world’s forests absorb 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year, or about one-third of the carbon dioxide released through the burning of fossil fuels.
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The beautiful tricks of flowers

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The Madagascar star orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is especially famous because of its incredibly long "nectar spur" -- a long tubular extension that holds the flower's nectar. As pollinating moths reach their tongues to the nectar, they are forced to brush their faces in pollen, thus pollinating the flower. Of course, the moths evolved longer tongues to make it easier to each the nectar, also avoiding pollinating the flower. In response, the flower developed longer nectar spurs to force the moth to pollinate it, and so on. This biological balancing act where an organism drives the evolution of one or more of its evolutionary partner's traits is known as coevolution.
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Botanists shred paperwork in taxonomy reforms

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Botanists will soon be able to name new plant species without ever physically printing a paper, as the code governing botanical taxonomy undergoes a major shake-up.
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Wild Plants Post: Advancing plant functional trait science2

Wild Plants Post: Advancing plant functional trait science2 | AnnBot | Scoop.it
I struggle at times to understand why we haven’t made much progress in understanding plant functional traits over the past ten years.
As has been well chronicled for over a century, plant functional traits are keys to understanding the evolution of plants, predicting ecosystem response to global change, and interpreting the distribution of species. None of the importance of plant functional traits has changed any time recently.
I would never argue that there has been no progress... Still, it just doesn’t feel like we’ve learned much in the past ten years about traits.
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Heat vs Water: the death match

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Although we write about the impact of climate change on agricultural biodiversity, and the need for biodiversity in plans to adapt agriculture to climate change, this is not a climate change blog.


One of the few times I've seen Google Trends used sensibly (AS).
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The Last Botany Student in the UK « ArtPlantae Today

The last student to enroll into a degree program in botany enrolled at the University of Bristol in 2010. In the current directory of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) (the organization that manages student applications to college courses in the UK), the listing for “Botany Degree” has disappeared. Why is this happening?
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A flower that you might not want to smell

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The stench of rotting flesh will soon permeate the Universityof Illinois’ Plant Biology Greenhouses. The Amorphophallus titanum, or the corpse flower, is on the verge of blooming and will soon emit a rotting meat smell.
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