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Shh . . . the plants are thinking - Life, Science, Science & Technology ...

Shh . . . the plants are thinking - Life, Science, Science & Technology ... | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research shows that plants keep time, count and know themselves.
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Challenging our paradigm: what is evidence for "thinking"? Just because plants have no brain or central nervous system, they behave and react in many ways like animals...so, is that thinking?

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Plants Murder Bugs to Pay Their Bodyguards - Inkfish - Discover Magazine Blogs - Discover Magazine (blog)

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It’s not only carnivorous plants that bugs have to watch out for. Sure, if an ant tumbles into a pitcher plant or a spider stands in the open maw of a Venus flytrap, we know what’s coming next.
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'Vampire' plants can have positive impact up the food chain - Phys.Org

'Vampire' plants can have positive impact up the food chain - Phys.Org | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
New research has revealed that parasitic 'vampire' plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant could benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life.
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about a study from the journal Ecology

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Two new plant species native to Singapore found

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SINGAPORE — Two new species of plants, which are new to science and can only be found in Singapore, have been discovered here by researchers at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
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Fairly bad pitcher traps triumph in the end

Fairly bad pitcher traps triumph in the end | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Carnivorous pitcher plant traps rarely catch much, but their lackadaisical hunting turns out not to be so lame after all.
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Does Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan) Fix Nitrogen Without Rhizobium Bacteria Inoculation

We were unsure if Pigeon Pea would fix nitrogen without Rhizobium bacteria inoculation here in Southwest Florida so I dug one of my plants up to find out.


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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble plants that hide surprising secrets

In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate,...
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Pressed Plants and Possibilities, Plants: From Roots to Riches - BBC Radio 4

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Historical patterns from preserved plants. (RT @BillJBaker: Herbarium botany on @BBCRadio4 today 1.45pm.
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Fantastic! I BBC radio series about the wonders of plants. The series was created at Kew Gardens in London. Enjoy!!

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Ninth graders' science experiment stirs up scientific community when it finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router -- Sott.net

Ninth graders' science experiment stirs up scientific community when it finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router -- Sott.net | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you. Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific...
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Scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus - Phys.Org

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Phys.Org Scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus Phys.Org John Jelesko, an associate professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, began studying the plant after experiencing a nasty poison ivy rash...
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yikes...apparently poison ivy is predicted to grow larger, faster, and more potent with climate change! 

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Graduate student brings extinct plants to life - UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Graduate student brings extinct plants to life UC Berkeley Jeff Benca is an admitted über-geek when it comes to prehistoric plants, so it was no surprise that, when he submitted a paper describing a new species of long-extinct lycopod...
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Plants May be Smarter than we Thought: One Species Selectively Aborts Seeds ... - Nature World News

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Botanists suggest Voynich illustrations similar to plants in Mexico

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(Phys.org) —A pair of botanists has published a paper in HerbalGram in which they note similarities between plant illustrations in the famed Voynich Manuscript and plant illustrations in old Mexican botanical books and ...
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The Secret Math of Plants: Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design - Science Daily (press release)

The Secret Math of Plants: Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design
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Vesicles versus Tubes: Is Endoplasmic Reticulum-Golgi Transport in Plants Fundamentally Different from Other Eukaryotes?

Vesicles versus Tubes: Is Endoplasmic Reticulum-Golgi Transport in Plants Fundamentally Different from Other Eukaryotes? | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it

I really like this approach to writing review summary. The question is, how does material move between the ER and Golgi - through vesicles or through tubes? The answer isn't simple, as there are data to support both answers, and other possibilities as well. So, "in this article, four leading plant cell biologists attempted to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, their opinions are so divergent and often opposing that it was not possible to reach a consensus. Thus, we decided to let each tell his or her version individually."

http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/168/2/393.abstract

 


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New Coke bottle made entirely from plants - CNNMoney

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Coca-Cola showed off a new Coke bottle that is made entirely of plant-based plastic.
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Coke bottles made from sugar cane stems! Something funny in that...

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Kew Gardens botanists risked their lives in jungle littered with mines to bring back this

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Botanists from Kew Gardens risked their lives in Cambodian jungles littered with unexploded mines to bring back an orchid never before recorded by science.
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Scientists Reprogram Plants for Drought Tolerance

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February 4, 2015: UC Riverside-led research in synthetic biology provides a strategy that has reprogrammed plants to consume less water after they are exposed to an agrochemical, opening new doors for crop improvement.

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Plants with pocket-sized genomes

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Members of Genlisea, a genus of carnivorous plants, possess the smallest genomes known in plants. To elucidate genomic evolution in the group as a whole, researchers have now surveyed a wider range of species, and found a new record-holder.

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Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists | The Scientist Magazine®

Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists | The Scientist Magazine® | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Academia is not producing sufficient PhDs in the plant sciences to solve the crop production challenges facing a rapidly growing population.
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An apple for the teacher

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With her fellow educators in mind, Katherine tells a story of virtual botany in the dining hall and letting students be teachers. When we botanists in the kitchen are quiet for a little while, it u...
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This is a nice little classroom activity that botany instructors may find useful. The reason I posted this, though, is to provide the link to the paper describing the concept and significance of "plant blindness" is at the bottom of this article.

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Making new species without sex - Science Codex

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Making new species without sex
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Now, for the first time, Ralph Bock's group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology could show that new species can be generated in an asexual manner as well.
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"We managed to produce allopolyploid plants without sexual reproduction"...whoa

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Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth - Biology News Net (press release)

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Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth
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This is a confocal laser scanning microcope image of an early embryo with surrounding placental endosperm cells.
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The New Frontier of Plant Violence - Outside Magazine

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The New Frontier of Plant Violence
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If you know anything about plant physiology and reproduction, you're probably shaking your head.
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Here is the citation for the actual research article:


Andrea A. Cocucci, Salvador Marino, Matías Baranzelli, Ana P. Wiemer, Alicia Sérsic. The buck in the milkweed: evidence of male-male interference among pollinaria on pollinators. New Phytologist, 2014; DOI:10.1111/nph.12766

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Tiny Plants' Loss May Have Doomed Mammoths - New York Times

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Tiny Plants' Loss May Have Doomed Mammoths New York Times A 50,000 year analysis of Arctic vegetation history reveals that a change in diet may have led to the demise of the woolly mammoth, the woolly rhinoceros and other large animals, according...
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click on the link in the NYT article to read the Nature article....very cool stuff!!

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Research improves understanding of how plants protect themselves from ... - Phys.Org

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Research improves understanding of how plants protect themselves from ...
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The research takes a close look at what happens to the model plant Arabidopsis at a molecular level when faced with environmental stress.
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