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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming

Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Struggling to compete with rivals in South Korea or China in businesses like televisions and smartphones, a range of Japanese electronics giants are converting idled factories to agriculture.
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Astronaut sows first fresh veg in NASA space 'garden' - space - 23 May 2014 - New Scientist

Astronaut sows first fresh veg in NASA space 'garden' - space - 23 May 2014 - New Scientist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Caesar salad, captain? Red romaine lettuce is now growing on the International Space Station in a chamber that may one day produce food for astronauts
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Marriage of convenience with a fungus

Marriage of convenience with a fungus | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Thanks to a fungus, the medicinal plant ribwort plantain gains a higher concentration of the defensive compound catalpol. Biologists at Bielefeld University report this discovery in a study to be published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The increase in catalpol gives the plant ...
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New Uses For Plants: Cattail Insulation and Fungal "Styrofoam™"

New Uses For Plants: Cattail Insulation and Fungal "Styrofoam™" | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How Plants Work….For UsBack in the day, if I was teaching botany or plant physiology, I'd typically start off the first-class with reasons why the students should care about plants. (Sad, but true....
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Mushrooms are the new styrofoam - opinion - 17 June 2013 - New Scientist

Eben Bayer's company makes packaging from agricultural waste and the mycelium of mushrooms – he says the next step is to make building materials this way
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BBC News - More light shed on orchids that deceive bees

BBC News - More light shed on orchids that deceive bees | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The secrets of orchids that trick male insects into pollinating them by mimicking females are revealed by scientists.

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Amusing footage of bee trying to copulate with an orchid flower.  Deception pollination.

Eve Emshwiller's comment, April 29, 2013 11:09 AM
oops, I meant to post this on my other topic, Botany teaching & cetera.
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Smoke On The Water

Smoke On The Water | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some plants live in environments where fire is a frequent enemy to survival. The answer is turn fire to your advantage.
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Growing plants on Mars

Growing plants on Mars | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. Is this a distant future scenario? Not for scientists researching whether or not it is possible to grow plants on the moon.
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Plants Have Slow Sex in Space : Visual Science

Plants Have Slow Sex in Space : Visual Science | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

A new study on plant reproduction finds that developing cells are very affected by altered states of gravity—a finding that has implications for our hopes for a future human society in space.

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History of Geology: Tiny Plants Creating Big Rocks

History of Geology: Tiny Plants Creating Big Rocks | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Plate showing the deposition of travertine around single algae cells (ca. 1935). The high content of carbonic acid (white circles) dissolves carbonate (shown as schematic rhombohedra-crystals). Plants (like this alga) use the carbon dioxide for their metabolism and the water becomes less acid, the carbonate is deposited around the plant tissue.

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Beautiful 1930s drawing!

 

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Extreme life might be visible on colourful exoplanets - space - 09 February 2013 - New Scientist

Extreme life might be visible on colourful exoplanets - space - 09 February 2013 - New Scientist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Lichens and algae may be the first life forms spotted on Earth-like exoplanets, based on a technique that can see their unique colour patterns in reflected
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How plants sense gravity: A new look at the roles of genetics and the cytoskeleton

How plants sense gravity: A new look at the roles of genetics and the cytoskeleton | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Gravity affects the ecology and evolution of every living organism.
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Plant Cell Environ: Salt Glands in mangrove

Plant Cell Environ: Salt Glands in mangrove | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Salt glands are fascinating anatomically and physiologically. If you've never read the great SCHMIDT-NIELSEN's work, here's a link to an OA paper on "The salt-secreting glands of marine birds", from 1960. (http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/21/5/955.abstract).

 

Salt glands seem to be an example of convergent evolution. They've arisen repeatedly to deal with the problem salt elimination without too much water loss. They are a terrific tool to help students learn about the movement of ions across membranes. 

 

Here are a few review articles with more information about salt glands and other halophyte adaptations:

Flowers and Colmer, New Phytol 2008 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02531.x/full)

Munns and Tester, Annu Rev Plant Biol 2008 (http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.arplant.59.032607.092911?journalCode=arplant)

Flowers et al, Functional Plant Biol. 2010 (http://www.tempoandmode.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/flowersevolutionhalophytesfuncplbiol10.pdf)and from

Plants in Action (http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/edition1/?q=content/17-3-1-devices-manage-leaf-salt).


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How Magic Mushrooms Really 'Expand the Mind'

How Magic Mushrooms Really 'Expand the Mind' | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Your brain on psychedelic drugs looks similar to your brain when you're dreaming, a new study suggests.
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Mustard Plant Can Detect Chemical Weapons

Mustard Plant Can Detect Chemical Weapons | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The white mustard plant is capable of much more than producing a condiment. Researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom have found that it can be used to detect chemical warfare agents, including the deadly substance known as VX. The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, describes how plants grown in soil laced with VX absorb the toxin through their roots; the chemical can then be detected in the plant for up to 45 days after absorption.

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Cactus helps solve prickly problem

Cactus helps solve prickly problem | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Arrays of tiny copper spikes can clean oil from water, mimicking the way cacti pull water out of desert air.
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Through the Wormhole: Cuscuta Parasite : Video : Science Channel

Through the Wormhole: Cuscuta Parasite : Video : Science Channel | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This leafless parasidic vine exibits complex problem solving behaviors not normal to most plant life.
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Infrared photosynthesis: A potential power source for alien life in sunless places

The new findings suggest that photosynthetic life as we know it would struggle to flourish given the small amount of available light in hydrothermal vent environments. But organisms that could make use of lower-energy infrared light might find themselves with plenty to get by on in sunless circumstances.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-infrared-photosynthesis-potential-power-source.html#jCp

The new findings suggest that photosynthetic life as we know it would struggle to flourish given the small amount of available light in hydrothermal vent environments. But organisms that could make use of lower-energy infrared light might find themselves with plenty to get by on in sunless circumstances.

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Super-strong ‘wonder material’ is made with just algae, water, and sunlight

Super-strong ‘wonder material’ is made with just algae, water, and sunlight | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Here are just a few of the things you could make with nanocellulose: a boat that can carry 1,000 pounds of cargo, bullet-proof glass, wound dressings, electronic wallpaper.
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That's blooming brilliant! Scientists develop tough petunia plant which survives temperatures of -10C

That's blooming brilliant! Scientists develop tough petunia plant which survives temperatures of -10C | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A hardy new specimen of petunia called 'Below Zero', can withstand temperatures of -10 degrees and carry on flowering while other summer bedding plants have long faded. (That's blooming brilliant!
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Heavy Metal Plant LIVES ON ROCK

Heavy Metal Plant LIVES ON ROCK | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If plants did rock out at concerts then the one above would definitely be Bornmuellera to be wild. Some plants like to be in sunlight in well-drained soils. Others need moist potting and the shade....
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Plant Cuttings

Plant Cuttings | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

juice from the fruit of the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) inhibits corrosion of aluminium alloy AA7075 in 3·5 % NaCl

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Can Hitchhiking Earth Microbes Thrive on Mars? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Hitchhiking Earth Microbes Thrive on Mars? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Mars missions such as Curiosity are subject to strict planetary protection policies intended to preserve habitats in the solar system that might harbor life of their own. After all, invasive species are a big enough problem on Earth, and one can only speculate about how terrestrial microorganisms would fare on Mars.

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ZAP! Lightning, Gods, and Mushrooms | Cornell Mushroom Blog

ZAP! Lightning, Gods, and Mushrooms | Cornell Mushroom Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Everyone knows mushrooms pop up after thunderstorms, right? Japanese mushroom farmers sometimes deploy electric shocks to get their shiitake mushrooms to fruit. So, what would happen if you wandered around in the forest zapping the ground?
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