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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Plant's morning calls to prepare for the night

Plant's morning calls to prepare for the night | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants prepare for cold evenings by triggering biological processes, such as closing of their stomata and synthesizing wax to prevent water loss. Biologists have shown that these processes, which are induced by genes expressed in the evening, are actually regulated by clock proteins that are produced during sunrise. Further understanding of these clock-mediated processes could promote growth of plants in climates that are different from their origin.
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Plants defend themselves with armor made of sand

Plants defend themselves with armor made of sand | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Herbivores may avoid sandy plants for the sake of tooth care
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Venus flytrap 'counts' to control digestion - BBC News

Venus flytrap 'counts' to control digestion - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists say the Venus flytrap controls its digestion process by gauging the number of times a struggling insect touches its trigger hairs.
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How plant sensors detect pathogens

How plant sensors detect pathogens | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have described precisely how a plant can sense a pathogen, bringing an unprecedented level of detail to a fundamental hypothesis in plant immunity of relevance to tackling disease in crops.
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Rapid divergence of ecotypes of an invasive plant - AoB Blog

Rapid divergence of ecotypes of an invasive plant - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Invasive species represent examples of rapid evolutionary change in a relatively short time period. Lantana camara, a well known invasive plant in India...
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Tomatoes Build Pesticides From The Smells Of Their Neighbours – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Tomatoes Build Pesticides From The Smells Of Their Neighbours – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A caterpillar bites into a single tomato plant and an entire field becomes a little deadlier. It’s easy to underestimate what plants can do. They’re not just passive victims of animal attacks, in n...
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Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A fossil whale graveyard in Chile could have been the result of poisoning by microscopic algae, says a recent study.
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BBC - Earth News - Venus flytrap origins uncovered

BBC - Earth News - Venus flytrap origins uncovered | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

A DNA analysis by Ken Cameron of the University of Wisconsin confirmed that the Venus flytrap and waterwheel are indeed related, and the closest relative of both turns out to be a species called Drosera regia.

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When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some everyday foods contain toxins that could wreak bodily havoc under the wrong circumstances.
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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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Death traps: how carnivorous plants catch their prey (ScienceAlert)

Death traps: how carnivorous plants catch their prey (ScienceAlert) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Carnivorous plants have evolved five trapping mechanisms and in this article Michael Mathierson explains how they work.
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Ants And Carnivorous Plants Collaborate For Mutualistic Feeding - Science News - redOrbit

Ants And Carnivorous Plants Collaborate For Mutualistic Feeding - Science News - redOrbit | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients.In this new study, researchers demonstrated a flow of nutrients from ants to their plant hosts, and found that plants colonized by insects received more nitrogen than those that did not host ants. Ants appeared to increase the pitchers’ capture efficiency by keeping traps clean, and also protected the plants by actively hunting mosquito larvae that otherwise bred in pitcher fluids and sucked up plant nutrients.

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Plants are 'biting' back

Plants are 'biting' back | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Calcium phosphate is a widespread biomineral in the animal kingdom: Bones and teeth largely consist of this very tough mineral substance. Researchers from Bonn University could now for the first time demonstrate the presence of calcium phosphate as a structural biomineral in higher plants. The substance provides the necessary 'bite' to the stinging hairs of representatives of the rock nettle family (Loasaceae). It hardens the trichomes, which serve as a herbivore defense.
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Bergamot versus beetles: intraspecific chemical specialization

Bergamot versus beetles: intraspecific chemical specialization | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Many plant-eating insects have developed the ability to eat plants that synthesize toxins, which they use to defend themselves agains
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Dracula orchid flowers mimic mushrooms to attract flies

Dracula orchid flowers mimic mushrooms to attract flies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
3D-printed replicas show just how subtle the faked identity of Dracula orchid flowers is, involving smell, shape and spots that resemble flies
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Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new study shows how some parasitic plants evolved the ability to sense a potential host — and then send out root-like structures to feed on them.
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Grass – potential killer or just misunderstood?

Grass – potential killer or just misunderstood? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I remember reading that grass had a huge impact on ecosystems, but maybe missed its best chance to become famous. It's possible grass would have been known as the killer of the dinosaurs, if…
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Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can

Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants, of course, don't have noses. But there is a vine that can smell the difference between a tomato and a stalk of wheat.
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Plants With Weapons | I Fucking Love Science

Plants With Weapons | I Fucking Love Science | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Milkweeds have developed horns on their sacs of pollen grains that appear to be used to fight off pollen from other plants of the same species, in a manner analogous to animals fighting it out for a chance to mate.  
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Botany and the poisoner's art

Botany and the poisoner's art | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
MANY native Australian species are poisonous, a fact well understood by Aborigines, who brought a medicinal understanding of plants from Asia tens of thousands of years ago.
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Community Post: 7 Deadly Secrets Of Carnivorous Plants

Community Post: 7 Deadly Secrets Of Carnivorous Plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Forget ghosts or vampires, if you want true terror you should take a look at carnivorous plants.
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Horrific Tales of Potatoes That Caused Mass Sickness and Even Death

Horrific Tales of Potatoes That Caused Mass Sickness and Even Death | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A greened potato indicates the presence of a toxin that can cause gastrointestinal distress, induce coma or even death within 24 hours of consumption
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Natural colors: In conversation with LycoRed on why tomatoes trump bugs and beets

Natural colors: In conversation with LycoRed on why tomatoes trump bugs and beets | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for a natural red food color, carmine can deliver. It’s vibrant, but stable, and prices have recently returned from the stratosphere after hikes in 2010/11.
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The positives of parasitic plants(!) - AoB Blog

The positives of parasitic plants(!) - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Parasitic plants tend to get a bad press. But is it fair to say parasitic plants only take and never give back?
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