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Leavitt's Lichens

Steve Leavitt studies one of the world's most common but overlooked symbiotic systems, lichens. Using DNA analysis he explores the hidden world of lichen evolution


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NASA - Why Study Plants in Space?

NASA - Why Study Plants in Space? | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Why is NASA conducting plant research aboard the International Space Station?

This is timely, as I was ranting yesterday about the otherwise worthwhile series "BBC Science Club", which managed to spend an entire hour talking about the human colonization of space and extra-terrestrial life, without once mentioning the words "plant" or "photosynthesis". The previous episode looked at extinction, also without reference to plants, as elegantly summarized by Eoin Lettice (http://www.communicatescience.eu/2012/11/bbc-science-club-and-plant-blindness.html).

 

If it wasn't an otherwise pretty good effort at presenting science in a fun and entertaining way it wouldn't matter, but it is, and it does. So, spread the word, if humans decide to set up permanent colonies in space, the will be bringing along their life-supporting plants.

 

Here's the link to the show's site:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zxmqd


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Nineteen species of fern named for Lady Gaga; Researcher says the inspiration was literally written in the DNA sequences

Nineteen species of fern named for Lady Gaga; Researcher says the inspiration was literally written in the DNA sequences | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Pop music megastar Lady Gaga is being honored with the name of a new genus of ferns found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
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Ancient red dye powers new 'green' battery: Chemists use plant extract in eco-friendly, sustainable lithium-ion battery

Ancient red dye powers new 'green' battery: Chemists use plant extract in eco-friendly, sustainable lithium-ion battery | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Rose madder -- a natural plant dye once prized throughout the Old World to make fiery red textiles -- has found a second life as the basis for a new "green" battery.
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Photos du journal | Facebook

Photos du journal | Facebook | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Facebook est un réseau social qui vous relie à des amis, des collègues de travail, des camarades de classe ou d’autres personnes qui ont quelque chose à partager avec vous.
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Onion soaks up heavy metal: Bioremediation with waste food

Onion and garlic waste from the food industry could be used to mop up hazardous heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin in contaminated materials, according to a new research.
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Emergence of flowering plants: New light shed on Darwin's 'abominable mystery'

Emergence of flowering plants: New light shed on Darwin's 'abominable mystery' | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Research sheds new light on what Charles Darwin famously called "an abominable mystery": the apparently sudden appearance and rapid spread of flowering plants in the fossil record.
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What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity? | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
It is well known that plant growth patterns are influenced by a variety of stimuli, gravity being one amongst many.
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Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com

Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
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Tomato taste intensity!

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How native plants and exotics coexist

How native plants and exotics coexist | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Exotic plants in many ecosystems may be better competitors, but biologists have found that exotics can be kept in check by herbivory.
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Suggestions needed for the ten best of everything: plants for botanists

Suggestions needed for the ten best of everything: plants for botanists | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
I'm writing an AoBBlog post (or maybe posts) on ten plants that all botanists should know quite a lot about. Criteria for inclusion include importance in the environment, importance to people as fo...

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Success falling from the air: how BeadaMoss has saved Sphagnum moorland « « Weeding the GemsWeeding the Gems

Success falling from the air: how BeadaMoss has saved Sphagnum moorland « « Weeding the GemsWeeding the Gems | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it

One of many great projects coming out of UK plant science, highlighted at the UK Plant Sciences Federation 2nd AGM.


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Cutting real Christmas trees less environmentally harmful than using an artificial one for six years, biologists say

Cutting real Christmas trees less environmentally harmful than using an artificial one for six years, biologists say | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Given recent extreme weather events – the summer’s brutal heat and subsequent drought, followed by Superstorm Sandy’s disastrous path – newly green-conscious consumers may be wondering how to lessen their carbon footprint this holiday season.
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Plant Scientists Needed to Stem Deadly Tree Fungus

Plant Scientists Needed to Stem Deadly Tree Fungus | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Government scientists bemoan lack of resources to environment committee, and say border controls on pests are ineffective
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The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems

The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
In a new article, researchers discuss how the measurement of biomass production and consumption can be used to gain a better understanding of the limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems.
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Based on primary production studies, or the energy-fixing capacity of green plants.

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Salvia Chewing Gum: a Formula For Enhancing Psycho-spirituality

Salvia Chewing Gum: a Formula For Enhancing Psycho-spirituality | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it

Salvia, as its name suggests (Latin salvere, to feel well and healthy) has for millenia been used as a herb. Now the use in chewing gum as been patented!

 

"The present invention relates to a chewing gum formulation that serves as a means for awakening human consciousness and mindfulness to the sensorial subtleties, which in turn strengthens sovereignty such that overall psycho-spirituality is enhanced. ..."


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Salvia, now in a gum and not likely gum Arabic.....

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Deeper into the patent application, the need for spiritual enlightenment is given.  Cannot imagine that patent examiners often read such paragraphs on the job. :)

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African fruit ‘brightest’ thing in nature but does not use pigment to create its extraordinary colour - Research - University of Cambridge

African fruit ‘brightest’ thing in nature but does not use pigment to create its extraordinary colour - Research - University of Cambridge | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
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Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them

Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Frankincense is harvested by wounding the bark of trees and collecting the resin that is subsequently released from the wound, a process known as tapping.
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Tracking gene flow in marine plant evolution

Tracking gene flow in marine plant evolution | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
A new method that could give a deeper insight into evolutionary biology. Biologists identified the segregation of genes that a marine plant underwent during its evolution.
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Biologists unlocking the secrets of plant defenses, one piece at a time

Biologists unlocking the secrets of plant defenses, one piece at a time | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Botanists have unraveled an important step in the way the plant hormone jasmonate works. Jasmonate signaling has been a target of intense research because of its important role in maintaining the balance between plant growth and defense.
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Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert : NPR

Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert : NPR | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Unafraid of the supposed barrier between sweet and savory, many chefs are incorporating vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, and even mushrooms into new dessert recipes. But are they any healthier? Actually, yes, says a nutritionist.
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Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com

Sperm Trajectories, Evolving Humans and a Tomato Tapestry: The Best Scientific Figures of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Figures contained in scientific reports are a neglected area of the design world.

 

Arabidopsis thaliana

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Salvia Chewing Gum: a Formula For Enhancing Psycho-spirituality

Salvia Chewing Gum: a Formula For Enhancing Psycho-spirituality | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it

Salvia, as its name suggests (Latin salvere, to feel well and healthy) has for millenia been used as a herb. Now the use in chewing gum as been patented!

 

"The present invention relates to a chewing gum formulation that serves as a means for awakening human consciousness and mindfulness to the sensorial subtleties, which in turn strengthens sovereignty such that overall psycho-spirituality is enhanced. ..."


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research
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Marybeth Shea's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:14 AM

Salvia, now in a gum and not likely gum Arabic.....

Marybeth Shea's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:20 AM

Deeper into the patent application, the need for spiritual enlightenment is given.  Cannot imagine that patent examiners often read such paragraphs on the job. :)

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Nature’s chemical toolkit

Nature’s chemical toolkit | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it

Three talks on our research on the discovery of chemicals that are important for the survival of plants and microbes, which may also be useful for and human health and wellbeing.


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Leavitt's Lichens

Steve Leavitt studies one of the world's most common but overlooked symbiotic systems, lichens. Using DNA analysis he explores the hidden world of lichen evolution


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