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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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10,487 plant species threatened with extinction

10,487 plant species threatened with extinction | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Today the IUCN Red List released its most up-to-date list of species with a conservation status. It now lists 19,374 plant species and of these 10,487 (54%) are threatened with extinction.

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U.S. botanists rarely eat cantaloupe for breakfast

U.S. botanists rarely eat cantaloupe for breakfast | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Im not a wagering man, nonetheless Im willing to bet that 99 and 44/100 percent of you have never eaten a "real" cantaloupe.
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Mosses frozen in time come back to life | Life | Science News

Mosses frozen in time come back to life | Life | Science News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The revived plants come from Canada’s Ellesmere Island, where the Teardrop Glacier has retreated since the end of a cold period in 1550 to 1850 known as the Little Ice Age. On recently exposed ground, Catherine La Farge of the University of Alberta in Edmonton and colleagues found clumps of mosses that looked dead. But among the brown tangles, the team noticed a few green sprigs.

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Botanical Behemoth

Botanical Behemoth | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Named for Britain’s Queen Victoria in the nineteenth century, the structure of the largest of water lilies is a bit like a kiddie pool (and often as big as one). Its broad, smooth leaves can stretch to nearly ten feet in diameter, forming expansive discs with sharply upturned edges that, again, make it look as though you could drop one in your backyard with a few gallons of water and a pool noodle.

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Behind Coca-Cola | Visual.ly

Behind Coca-Cola | Visual.ly | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

This is a datavizualisation of your favorite drink Coca-Cola, the hidden face of Coca-Cola.

A project realize

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Fancy a curry? | Global Food Security blog

Adisa Azapagic unpacks the carbon footprint of her evening meal and reveals how you can too with a smartphone app.

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Thriving since 1960, my garden in a bottle: Seedling sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years

Thriving since 1960, my garden in a bottle: Seedling sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Gardener David Latimer, from Cranleigh, Surrey, first planted his bottle garden in 1960 and finally sealed it tightly shut 12 years later as an experiment - and it's still going strong.
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And that's amazing!

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The Phytophactor: Largest flower?

No question about it though, the titan aroid is an amazing plant, and seeing it in flower in person is very impressive. - See more at: http://phytophactor.fieldofscience.com/2013/07/largest-flower.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Phytophactor+%28The+Phytophactor%29#sthash.3ji0IkXj.dpufNo question about it though, the titan aroid is an amazing plant, and seeing it in flower in person is very impressive. - See more at: http://phytophactor.fieldofscience.com/2013/07/largest-flower.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Phytophactor+%28The+Phytophactor%29#sthash.3ji0IkXj.dpuf
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Plants Frozen Under a Glacier for 400 Years Can Come Back to Life

Plants Frozen Under a Glacier for 400 Years Can Come Back to Life | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Long-buried mosses recently exposed in the wake of a Canadian glacier's retreat are sprouting new growth, a study shows
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CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: Attack of the 340 million propagule timebomb! Stories of Phytophthora

CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: Attack of the 340 million propagule timebomb! Stories of Phytophthora | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Potato famine! Starvation and emigration! For many folks the only Phytophthora they’ll ever hear of, albeit tangentially, is through tales of the infamous potato blight that occurred in mid-1800 Ireland.  I’ve often used the famine as a reference point to help answer questions concerning what it is I do for a living; although I’ve learned this conversational strategy can be tricky.

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Attack of the 500-Pound Poison Ivy | OnEarth Magazine

Attack of the 500-Pound Poison Ivy | OnEarth Magazine | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

So yeah, I’m pretty allergic to poison ivy. But a lot of people are -- 80 percent of the population reacts to the vine with welts and maddeningly itchy rashes. So the fact that poison ivy plants are getting bigger and more poisonous due to climate change isn’t exactly welcome news. But that’s precisely what’s happening; scientific research indicates that with higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the poison ivy plant grows larger, and its “oil” (a.k.a. the awful poisonous stuff) becomes more potent.

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A high-fiber diet may make a stroke less likely, study says

A high-fiber diet may make a stroke less likely, study says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The consumption of whole-grain pasta, fruits and vegetables made a marked difference.
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Plants & Fungi: Theobroma cacao (cocoa tree) - Species profile from Kew

Plants & Fungi: Theobroma cacao (cocoa tree) - Species profile from Kew | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The Aztecs and Maya peoples had many ways of making food and drink from cocoa beans. They also used the beans as money, for example exchanging one turkey for 200 beans, or one slave for 100 beans.

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Smallest flowering plant in the world - Wolffia angusta

Smallest flowering plant in the world - Wolffia angusta | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Wolffia, commonly referred to as watermeal and misidentified as duckweed, is officially the world’s smallest flower, with each bloom weighing about as much as two grains of sand. It takes about 5,000 of these teeny-tiny flowers to fill a thimble, and they’re amazingly small when seen against the grooves in a human fingerprint. Woffia sometimes grow in colonies that form a dense-looking mat on sheltered waters. The only way to identify the exact species of a wolffia flower is to view it under a microscope.


Each wolffia flower has a single pistil and stamen and produces the world’s smallest fruit, called a utricle. It has no leaves, stem or roots, floating freely in quiet freshwater lakes and marshes. Woffia is highly nutritious, serving as food for fish and waterfowl in nature and occasionally cultivated for use as livestock feed or even human cuisine. It’s eaten as a vegetable in Burma, Laos and Thailand.


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