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Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them

Frankincense collection can damage trees, and threaten the livelihoods of villages who depend on them | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Frankincense is harvested by wounding the bark of trees and collecting the resin that is subsequently released from the wound, a process known as tapping.

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Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not

Microbiota may determine if pomegranate extracts are beneficial or not | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The potential cardiovascular effects of ellagitannins from pomegranate and walnuts may be either positive or negative depending on their gut microbiota, says a new study.
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Episode 1, Series 3, Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Do herbal supplements contain what they say on the label? - BBC Two

Episode 1, Series 3, Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Do herbal supplements contain what they say on the label? - BBC Two | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The shocking truth about what is really in (and not in!) herbal supplement pills.
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How the juice diet fad can make you fat from too many calories

How the juice diet fad can make you fat from too many calories | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Squeezing the juice out of fruit and vegetables can actually be counter-productive to a healthy lifestyle as it concentrates its calories - meaning it's easier to over-consume, say experts in America.
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What really happens when you mix medications?

What really happens when you mix medications? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If you take two different medications for two different reasons, here's a sobering thought: your doctor may not fully understand what happens when they're combined, because drug interactions are incredibly hard to study. In this fascinating and accessible talk, Russ Altman shows how doctors are studying unexpected drug interactions using a surprising resource: search engine queries.
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What are the ethics of live-streaming at conferences? - AoBBlog

What are the ethics of live-streaming at conferences? - AoBBlog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If you've only recently come to terms with people tweeting at conferences, there's another shock coming soon.
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Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as real bees decline

Robotic bee could help pollinate crops as real bees decline | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
With bee populations tumbling, an autonomous drone just 4 centimetres wide could help pollinate crops by flying from flower to flower
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Experts reveal hidden dangers behind supplements

Experts reveal hidden dangers behind supplements | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Many herbal supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to a team of experts.
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NASA’s food and agriculture program: request for proposals

NASA’s food and agriculture program: request for proposals | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Who knew that NASA was interested in food security and agriculture?  I certainly didn’t.  But I was recently sent this request for proposals.  No, they are not looking to grow food on spacesh…
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Tomato flavor! Scientists nail it.

Tomato flavor! Scientists nail it. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I am a long-time reader of Science Magazine and every now and then come across an article I just love. My latest favorite is a study titled “A chemical genetic roadmap to improved tomato flav…
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The Cork Oak Forests Want You to Drink More Wine | JSTOR Daily

The Cork Oak Forests Want You to Drink More Wine | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Corks come from a tree that is part of a unique ecosystem dependent on cork harvest for its survival.
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It's Not Magical Realism: Bullets That Bloom | JSTOR Daily

It's Not Magical Realism: Bullets That Bloom | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
With all the human casualties of armed conflict, sometimes the environmental impacts go unnoticed. But th
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Taxonomists, An Endangered Species | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Taxonomists, An Endangered Species | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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INTERMODAL | ‘Something very dodgy’: ‘Extinct’ plant found after hub approved

INTERMODAL | ‘Something very dodgy’: ‘Extinct’ plant found after hub approved | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A plant not seen alive for almost two centuries has been found at the Moorebank Intermodal site but the find was revealed only after Stage 1 was approved – which now cannot be changed.
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Infoporn: the biggest threats putting the world's plants in peril

Infoporn: the biggest threats putting the world's plants in peril | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants are under more pressure from man-made and natural threats than ever before
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Cork: Unsung Hero or Villain? | SciTech Connect

Cork: Unsung Hero or Villain? | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Are corks integral to wine production and enjoyment? Or are they a relic of an aging industry? Wine Science author Ron Jackson explores the pros and cons of corks.
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No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide

No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Alien species of animals and plants can invade new regions of the earth. This study performs a global analysis of temporal dynamics and spatial patterns of alien species introductions over the past 200 years, and reports no saturation in the rate at which these invasion are increasing.
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Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find

Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease.
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Why does the medicinal plant Astragalus membranaceus need to change its name? (updated)

Why does the medicinal plant Astragalus membranaceus need to change its name? (updated) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
(Please see nomenclature update at the end of this post) One of the commonly used herbal medicines in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM
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Sri Lanka's 'Kithul' Palm Syrup: An Ancient Sweetener In Need Of Saving

Sri Lanka's 'Kithul' Palm Syrup: An Ancient Sweetener In Need Of Saving | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Sri Lanka's most popular sweetener is disappearing, due to the destruction of rainforests, inconsistent yields, intensive labor and a fading workforce. And turning the tide isn't going to be easy.
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Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new wheat-like species called Salish Blue that grows back year after year, which not only cuts down on work for farmers, but helps prevent erosion and agricultural waste.
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The Many Unexpected Jobs of the Clubmoss Spore | JSTOR Daily

The Many Unexpected Jobs of the Clubmoss Spore | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The first working internal combustion machine debuted in 1807, powered by lycopodium powder, which is made of explosive plant spores.
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Migrant coconuts

Migrant coconuts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A couple of days, Jay Bost asked about the origin of coconuts in the Americas: Anyone ever explore possibility of dispersal of coconut to Americas by Polynesians? Given movement of sweet potato and chickens, any chance they brought coconut? The

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