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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Half of all tree species in Amazon 'face extinction' - BBC News

Half of all tree species in Amazon 'face extinction' - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
More than half of all tree species in the Amazon face extinction, warn international scientists.
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Saving 'sang': New label aims to conserve wild ginseng, spur more domestic use of pricy plant

Saving 'sang': New label aims to conserve wild ginseng, spur more domestic use of pricy plant | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Backers of a new labeling program are encouraging forest landowners in the eastern United States to cultivate ginseng in hopes of helping conserve the medicinal plant.
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There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
With the right "push-pull" planting combos, African farmers can ward off pests, fertilize crops, feed animals, and even withstand drought.
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New map reveals spread of weeds around the world

New map reveals spread of weeds around the world | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
They found that 13,168 plant species -- nearly 4 per cent of the world's vascular plants -- have travelled from their homelands to naturalise in other regions of the globe
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Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds

Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives each year and preventing 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the U.S., according to the first broad-scale estimate of trees' air pollution removal by U.S. Forest Service researchers.

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The plant that dominates Britain's railways

The plant that dominates Britain's railways | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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More people are buying buddleia for their gardens, but it's classified as an invasive species and is a problem on British railways.

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US research study spells boom for Lanka’s cinnamon industry | Features

US research study spells boom for Lanka’s cinnamon industry | Features | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Sri Lanka’s share of the world cinnamon market is around 22% while its share of the US market is slightly less than 6%
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Traditional medicine unsustainable in Kenya

Traditional medicine unsustainable in Kenya | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
RT @ICRAF: Traditional medicine unsustainable in Kenya http://t.co/Ikgj03hOE5

Via Luigi Guarino, Eve Emshwiller
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"“Greater consumer demand by a growing population with inadequate access to medical healthcare together with rural poverty is driving an increase in collection of medicinal plants from the wild, especially by women,” explains McMullin."

Stepha McMullin is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the World Agroforestry Centre.

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Harvesting gum arabic in Sudan – in pictures

Harvesting gum arabic in Sudan – in pictures | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Gum arabic is a rare export success story in the Sudanese agricultural state of North Kordofan (RT @PracticalAction: Gum arabic is a rare export success story in #Sudan...

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Thai rosewood gets international protection to curb China trade

Thai rosewood, which fetches exorbitant prices on the international market, was granted protection under international law on Tuesday, with China the main target, but it was not immediately clear how much effect it will have

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A Natural Aphrodisiac Sells Out…and Why That’s Scary | Press Release Distribution

A Natural Aphrodisiac Sells Out…and Why That’s Scary | Press Release Distribution | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

For the first time in 15 years, the makers of an all natural liquid aphrodisiac that helps men and women improve their sexual health has sold out. This is because two of the eight herbs in their formula have been affected by drought in Africa and flooding in the US which has delayed production.

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Kew Herbarium Blog – Food For When All Else Fails: Collect From The Wild Or Cultivate

Kew Herbarium Blog – Food For When All Else Fails: Collect From The Wild Or Cultivate | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In many parts of Madagascar and elsewhere, yams (from the genus  Dioscorea) are eaten when staple crops, such as rice, fail or supplies have been exhausted. All the native species of yam in Madagascar occur only on that island and as most are edible, collection of  yams from the wild can become a threat which could lead to their extinction.
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Amazon deforestation leaps 16 percent in 2015

Amazon deforestation leaps 16 percent in 2015 | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Brasília (AFP) - Illegal logging and clearing of Brazil's Amazon rainforest increased 16 percent in the last year, the government said, in a setback to the aim of stopping destruction of the world's greatest forest by 2030. The area of deforestation grew to 2,251 square miles (5,830 square kilometers) between July 2014 and August 2015, the environment ministry said. The biggest increases were in the states of Amazonas, with a 54 percent rise, Rondonia with 41 percent and Mato Grosso with 40 perc
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Is Tropical Sustainable Logging Possible? | JSTOR Daily

Is Tropical Sustainable Logging Possible? | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
So-called sustainable commercial logging is not sustainable.
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Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener

Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Attracting the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticides
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Zeri coffee farming system - AskNature

Zeri coffee farming system - AskNature | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Coffee consumed by the coffee drinker represents only 0.2% of the biomass generated by the coffee plantation. The remaining 99.8% of the coffee plant and bean is considered waste. ZERI wanted to find a way to make use of that waste to generate additional income for the coffee farmers. But they also sought to create more of a closed-loop ecosystem, in which rather than having waste products that end up in rivers or landfills, or are burned, those wastes are themselves used within the system.
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Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems

Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.
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Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog

Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
East Indian sandalwood tree is highly endangered due to over exploitation.
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Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin

Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K. This is the first time that this mold,
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Conserving Prunus africana?

I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but a paper which AoB Blog discussed back in January led me to uncover a whole load of stuff on Prunus africana.
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Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling

Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland.
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Argan Oil: Too Much of a Good Thing? | Worldwatch Institute

Argan Oil: Too Much of a Good Thing? | Worldwatch Institute | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, due to current argan oil production practices both the argan trees and the regions in which they grow are now largely threatened by overuse and deforestation.

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‘Himalayan viagra’ harvesters threaten forest resources - SciDev.Net

‘Himalayan viagra’ harvesters threaten forest resources - SciDev.Net | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Unsustainable harvesting of caterpillar fungus or yarsagumba poses risks to conservation and livelihoods.
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